Committee

Committee

Committee

 

 

John Baker - Chair

John took on the role of Chair in 2023 - he was previously our Vice Chair.  He is a newly retired business journalist who joined the club about 12 years ago and enjoys the masters' track events, parkrun and the odd 10k and half marathon (Great North Run pictured) - he has a goal of achieving one full marathon before the opportunity and ability fades! His three sons all ran at the club for many years under Rob's guidance and encouragement.

John Baker
Paul Hundermark
Paul Hundermark

Paul Hundermark - Treasurer - Paul has recently joined the club but his professional knowledge makes him an ideal choice as Treasurer. "I started running in 2008 to improve my general fitness and with a goal of running the Comrades Marathon. I finished my first Comrades 2010. I joined DMVAC after emigrating to the UK and in 2021 finished my first ultra trail run, the Race to the King. I enjoy exploring and getting lost on the trails around Dorking and look forward to participating in more club training and events post Covid."

Nikki Hutton

Nikki Hutton - Membership Secretary - Nikki has been persuaded to take on the challenging task of membership secreatary so please help her by paying your subs.  Nikki has always enjoyed running, but only began doing longer distances about 8 years ago after her brother challenged her to a marathon. Since then She’s enjoyed a variety of distances from 5 kms to Ultra’s, with a first love always trail running. Since joining DMVAC her running has really improved and She’s looking forward to taking over the Membership Secretary responsibilities.

Nikki Hutton
Paula Carter
Paula Carter

Paula is the Club Secretary.  Paula says “I have been a member of the club since 2018, but only started regular training in Sept 2019 with Howard's Wolves. I would have joined much earlier if family and work commitments had not stopped me, as running has always been my preferred sport. I got my running-fix before joining the club by taking part in local races - mostly 10ks - and striking out on the beautiful trails around Dorking.  Since joining the club, I have felt so welcome - you really are all a friendly bunch!!! The opportunity to represent the club by taking part in some of the ladies cross country races as well as MABAC is a great experience which I would recommend to everyone! ” What Paula does not say is that she has been instrumental in  creating this website.

Kevin Stroud

Kevin says I ran cross country as a boy with Horsham Blue Star Harriers realising that as much as I loved football, pace was my main ability.  After a hiatus of 20 years in which I ran casually for fitness and well-being I joined Sutton Runners in my early 40s and started training regularly and competing, mainly in 10 K road races and in the Surrey league cross country races.On moving to Dorking in 2008 I joined Dorking and Mole Valley AC.. It’s such a friendly club I haven't looked back.  I always look forward to the team camaraderie at cross country races and enjoy competing in the vets track and field events.

I previously volunteered as a parent helper at training sessions with the junior section when my daughter was competing.  I was also team manager for the Lily B girls track and field league.  I am a dad, step-dad and grandad and a registered social worker, currently working independently with children and their families.  I have been the club’s welfare officer for a number of years.

Kevin Stroud
Jacqui Cooper
Jacqui Cooper

Jacqui has been a member of the club for over 20 years. In the distant past she was a member of this Committee and the Dorking Tens committee. Recently she  took over organizing the club handicap races with Fiona. She also started the very popular Monday morning social runs with Ruth. In addition she now produces the extremely successful weekly  newsletter, also with Ruth. Both are members of the Turtles running group 🐢

Howard Jones
Howard Jones

Howard  Jones - Howard has been with DMVAC for many years and has served as Chairman some years ago. He is a very experienced and well liked coach and his summer free beginners courses have encouraged a lot of new runners into the club. At present he is also  the Covid-19 officer for the club.  Howard is a UK Athletics Level 2 Performance Coach and UK Athletics (Event Group) Endurance Coach.

Ruth Kirkpatrick
Ruth Kirkpatrick

Ruth started running in 2008 when she was 40. She ran with local friends weekly, doing the occasional 5k race and a few parkruns. She accidentally had a silent heart attack in 2017 which took some time to diagnose and fix, with 2 stents. She lost her confidence in running until she completed intensive cardiac rehab, then completed the Couch25k which coincided with the start of parkrun at Mole Valley. Since then she hasn’t really stopped running! Ruth joined the club in early 2018, has increased her mileage significantly, and is known for lovingly coercing other club members into signing up for events and challenges whether they want to or not. She loves the camaraderie of the club, with the Monday Social being the highlight of her week. She’s involved with the newsletter and social media and is a parkrun fanatic/bore.

Chris Edwards

At the age of 11 Chris ran  in the Surrey County Cross Country trials and qualified to represent Surrey in Surrey Junior XC championships. His passion for running began to grow and  in 1973, his Dad took him to watch the English National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hills, and the rest is history.. Chris has joined the Committee as Youth Squad Rep. He has been with DMVAC a number of years now and is a proper competitor and a real team player, be it winter cross country, summer Ranmore or track at Pixham. Chris is a qualified run leader,  and coaching assistant, and  studied for his Athletics coaching qualification. He is looking forward to becoming a coach and to try and give something back to the sport that he is passionate about and ,after coming through some health issues, enjoying the lovely social side of the Club. Studies successful and Chris is now an England Athletics Coach. 

Chris Edwards
Dan Campbell
Dan Campbell

Dan first joined the club in 2020 and started training competitively in 2022. He trains twice a week with Rob's Group and represents the club in Surrey League and Southern Athletics League competitions. He can also regularly be seen on a Saturday morning at Denbies parkrun.

Caroline Whelan
Caroline Whelan