Committee

Chair - Jacqui Baker

Hi I’m Jacqui. My role is club chair. 

My running journey started several years ago or did it? I’d follow C-5 for a month or so, then run 5K for race for life or similar as a one off & then stop again.

I don’t mind telling you I have Crohns disease, I tell you this to encourage others with auto immune diseases to give running ago but also to explain how BVR has helped. My health has always been hit & miss meaning I never maintained running for any length of time.

That was until Sept 2018 when I joined BVR. I started as a beginner, we ran 5K & I thought I was going to pass out! Believe it or not in May 2019 I ran Plymouth Half Marathon. Just 8 months into my real running journey. To find out what the journey in between looked like you’ll have to come along for a run & I’ll fill you in.

But it’s safe to say it came down to encouragement, belief & friendship, all of which I’ve found in BVR. Both my physical & mental health are healthier. These guys really are amazing. 

As for the role I play within the committee. I was invited to join just a few weeks into joining everyone that September. I brought with me the idea of our now well established C-5K plan.

I feel privileged to have been part of what we now know & recognise as Bovey Valley Runners. From the choosing of our club name to the colour of our kit, logo & all that you now understand to be BVR. That all happened around a dining room table & I was part of this to which I feel extremely honoured. Shortly into this journey I was asked to take the roll of vice chair & in June 2019 the committee as a whole voted me to take my current roll as chair. This was not something I had thought about so it took me by surprise. With the support of the committee & very importantly our club I took the position.

I am just one person in a wonderful committee & one person in an ever growing club that has become a community of inclusive runners. Often referred to as our BVR family. So thank you for having me along for the journey. 

Secretary - Caragh Mellitt

Hi I’m Caragh, the club Secretary.

I love running. I am a strong advocate for good health. Running might not prolong your life but it will greatly increase the quality of the life that you enjoy. 

Running on my own gives me a huge sense of achievement, no matter how short the distance or how slow the run. I love running with others because I love hearing about their lives (I’m quite nosey) and I get a great deal of satisfaction from encouraging other people who are running with me.

I am a founder member of BVR and am very proud to have been one of the small group of people who set the club up in the first instance. The club’s inclusive culture is the heart of BVR because everyone is good enough to run.

I love everything about running from Wednesday night club runs to running marathons and I will always be honest about how much I hate hills!

Treasurer - Clare Watts

Hi I am Claire, I have had the privilege of being with BVR from the very beginning and on the committee when it first formed. I gained the role of club Treasurer in January 2020.

My running journey began in 2008, at this point I had started a new chapter in my life and needed a focus and this soon became exercise.

Running has helped my physical health as I have had a significant weight loss and mental health by over coming various life challenges.

I have completed four half marathons and several other organised runs.  Within my running journey I have had 3 babies which has meant breaks from running, I always love getting back to it so I can fit back in my pre-baby clothes but most importantly the headspace it brings.

The C25K has helped me to return to running as it is a nice gentle approach.

I love seeing people develop and the enjoyment others get from running. I am in the club to help people by encouraging, motivating and supporting them, as I have seen and experienced how positive running can be.

Run Co-Ordinator - Alice Mann

Hi, I’m Alice, I have been running since 2012, I did my first run and couldn’t walk for a week.
Thankfully, I didn’t listen to my body when it said to not ever do that again and have ran on and off ever since.
 
I have completed one marathon and a few Half’s but the main reason I run is for enjoyment, as long as I get out I don’t mind what pace I go and would always choose running with someone over running on my own.
 
I have always been lucky to find amazing running groups to join, meeting some inspirational people along the way, Bovey Valley Runners is definitely one of the these groups. I am proud to be part of such an inclusive and fun running club.
 
Whether you are a completely new runner in the C25K or running ultra marathons, BVR has a place for everyone and will support you in whatever you want to achieve.

Club Ambassador (Self-Appointed) - Frazer Bolt

I started running when I was 18 and have been running on and off ever since.
 
I feel fortunate that I’ve been able to do everything I’ve ever wanted to do running over the years.
 
I’ve met a load of people and made some great friends along the way. I’m in this club to help , encourage and support anyone in any way I can.
I can’t make you fitter , I won’t be able to make anyone run faster and I don’t have all the answers .
But what I do have is a lot of experience and I’m ready to help any runner on what ever path they’re on in their running journey.

Website and Communications - Rob White

Hi, I’m Rob and have been with BVR since just over it started in Sept 2018.

As a young lad I was never a runner (although I did take part in the Herne Bay Half Marathon in 1988) and it wasn’t until I started to take my daughter to the Parke Parkrun that I considered having a go.

I used the Cto5K to start, but didn’t get that far so went straight into the Parkruns in 2015, but after just a few months an achilles injury stopped me running for a year. But since then I have increased both my number and distance of runs.

We are blessed with having some fantastic scenery, on the coast and in the moors, so you will often find me plodding up and down the trails in the sunshine and the rain.

BVR is a brilliant all-inclusive group that so encourages people of all abilities to just get out and run,

Committee Member - Stuart Webster

Hi, I’m Stu. I’ve been part of the Bovey Valley Runners for just over a year, and have been privileged to serve as a committee member since the start of 2020.

My running journey, whilst short and initially was to lose weight, has created some incredible highs for me. I started with my own version of couch to 5k in January 2018, having not done any form of sport for around 25 years, and did my first 10k race in August 2018. I followed this up with the Great West run half marathon in October 2018, and was then fortunate to get a place in the London marathon for 2019. It was following this that I decided I’d see how far I could push myself. So a 38 mile Ultra in October 2019 followed.

Being part of BVR consistently inspires me to try harder, be better, and get out there when I really don’t want to.

I still love to run with all the groups in BVR, and see where everyone is on their journey.

Committee Member - Maurice Raymont

Hi, I’m Maurice. I’ve been part of the Bovey Valley Runners for just over a year and a half, and have been privileged to serve as a committee member since the start of 2020.

My running journey started with the c25k to support my wife.I did several 5k fun runs with the family and was kindly entered into my first 10k at Haldon in March 2019 This was the start of it. I then entered my first half marathon at Torbay in June 2019 and had a marathon booked  this year that was sadly cancelled.

Being part of BVR has helped me improve both physically and mentally and has given me more confidence than I’ve had before

I run Maurice’s Mondays,I  love running with all the pace groups the club has and seeing our members going from strength to strength and being part of their journey.