Jo Lloyd is our new chair. She has been with the club since 2018 and has already served on the committee, edited the newsletter and is currently the Race Secretary for the Dorking Tens, our flagship event every June. She says "I took up distance running fairly late, though as a youngster I loved sprinting and represented my club back home in South Wales at some national championships. Those days are however long past and I can usually be found making up the numbers in the Ladies XC winter series, enjoying the Masters events and running most MABACs. I’m also a Run Director at Mole Valley parkrun which I really love doing. Becoming Chair of such a long established and successful club as DMVAC is a great honour, and I am really looking forward to getting involved in all aspects of club life over the coming months."
John is 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.
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 - 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.
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 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 Irvine - Kevin has been a member for about 15 years and is currently the Coaching Coordinator and also was in charge of Club kit for many years. He is also Assistant Coach and EA LiRF. He started running at 55 but since that time have fitted in many half and full marathons ( Beachy Head a speciality) together with of course many 10k’s and 10 milers.
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 🐢
Hannah Morris - Ladies Captain and Committee Member - “joining the committee as a general member to represent the younger members of the club as I’ve just left university”. And although it’s not a committee position, the committee are very excited and proud to announce that Hannah has agreed to be the Ladies Captain this year. Hannah has been a member of the club right through the junior section being under the expert guidance of Lesley Taylor and, of course, the irreplaceable Alan Archer and now, as a 'Senior' she has stepped up to 'Ladies Captain’. Well done Hannah!
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 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.
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.