Chair Person – Suzanne Price
My running started back in 1988 when I had the pleasure of running the London Marathon and I have been running on and off ever since. The pivotal turning point for my running, was joining the Plums when we started the club, since then I have been involved in some great running challenges and the possibility of achieving anything you set your mind to became a crazy reality. I have completed several Ultra Marathons, including the 100k Race to the Stones (in one day), South Wales Costal Path Ultra, 24 hour endurance runs as part of a team with other Plums, the only UK woman to complete all 6 World Major Marathons (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York) in 51 weeks. I have currently run 23 marathons in total across the world and will complete my quest to run 26 marathons (1 marathon for every mile) in the next year. I love being a Plum and seeing how the club has grown from strength to strength over the years, with all ages and abilities #UTP’s
Vice Chair – Stephen Morris
I’ve been running for well over 25 years, an occupational hazard being ex military, you might say. I became ‘a Plum’ back in 2014, when the PPP was in its infancy and have since ran more than I ever imagined I would. I’ve completed 3 of the Six World Major Marathons, ran an Ultra Marathon and lots of other shorter distance races. Running for me isn’t just about the physical reward I get, but also the mental and social benefits it gives me. I have made many good friends through the PPP and I can’t imagine not running with the best Club in the land!
Secretary – Dawn Pound
I started running at the age of 45 in May 2016 and have never looked back. I was always the supporter watching my husband and daughter in races. I never thought I would be able to run but I wanted to get fit and the powerwalking/jogging turned into running. Since then I have run 10Ks and a half marathon and it’s only been possible with my fellow Plum friends by my side who I met at Worcester parkrun one Saturday and decided that was the club for me, it’s like one big family. Being Secretary I am now able to give something back to the club and I love it!
Treasurer – Fiona Wall
Whilst going through a bit of a low patch in my life in 2010 my sister Sally and a close friend dragged me out to do some running to see if it would help me. Over the next few years we plodded together around Worcester until we heard of this new thing called parkrun that had started at the Countryside Centre. So, on 4thMay 2013, a couple of weeks after Sally, I plucked up the courage and took part in my first parkrun, not realising at this point, how much this decision would change my life for the better! I’d never thought about joining a running club but, in the build-up to the Worcester 10km in September 2014, which was to be my first ever 10km, I decided now was probably the right time. So, having seen them around at parkrun and thought they looked a fun group to be with, I decided to join the Plums. I couldn’t imagine a more supportive group of people to spend my time with and have made many close friends through the Plums. I have certainly taken part in races and events that I would have never imagined I would have a been capable of before I joined.
Membership Secretary – Lynsey Hall
I started running by completing the couch to 5k run in Bromsgrove. I then visited Worcester Parkrun, which I’d never heard about before. Here I asked someone where and what I needed to do. Fortunately, for me, they were a lovely friendly plum member who introduced me to the club. I may not have come back if it wasn’t for them! Since then friendships have formed and medals have been claimed for various distances. It’s always great to read and hear what everyone in the club is doing from just getting started to running ultra distances.
Health, Safety & Welfare – Helen Carlisle
I joined the Pershore Plum Plodders in 2014 when there was just a handful of members. Since then I have seen the club grow in numbers and I love meeting everyone and seeing people develop as runners. Running is a big part of my life and over the last 5 years I’ve covered all distances from 5K up to ultra marathons. I’m not fast, I’m not competitive, I just love getting out there and clocking up some miles. Since doing my Run Leader training I’ve been involved in 3 Couch to 5K courses and that has been so rewarding, I love seeing what running can do for people.
Kit Officer – Sally Nash
I started running with a friend in 2010, it took us a while to build up confidence to join Parkrun, fearing we would be last! But we bite the bullet and did our first parkrun together on 20/4/2013. Two weeks after I convinced my sister Fiona to join us. It was here that I reconnected with my school friend who was a member of the Plums. Fiona had already joined the club and after some convincing I joined as well, I was reluctant as I thought I was too slow to be in a running group. I love being a Plum, everyone is so supportive and friendly. Apart from Worcester Woods Parkrun, my favourite run is Thunder Run because of the camaraderie amongst the plum runners and supporters.
Marketing, Events & Comms – Tom Marshall
I started running aged 34, in November 2016 after my partner Helen kept asking for me to give it a go and after many times of making excuses i finally bit the bullet and went along to Evesham Parkrun for my first run. A couple of months later i joined the Pershore Plum Plodders. It has made so many changes in my and our life for the better and I haven’t looked back since. I love the club, the members, the huge support, the laughs, what we do and how we do it. It’s like 1 big family i’m grateful to be a part of.
Social Secretary – Nick Herbert
Started running again after a friend told me about Parkrun in 2012. I’d been going to circuit training for years, so it was something new. Got hooked on the competitive side straight away! I joined the Plums after they helped a very good friend of mine in a difficult situation. It was the best thing to happen for me in running terms! Love the club, love the people! I’ve had support, I’ve given support, I’ve had success & I’ve loved watching other Plums succeed! Injury has taken away a lot of my involvement, but I’d still be involved if the worst case of my injuries was confirmed.
Webmaster – Steve Molland
I’d not run really since cross country at school until I went to Park Run in May 2014. I’ve never been fast and my pb is 34:57. I’m also lucky to have been able to run the 1st Rome Park Run in 2018 and a number of other 5k’s in Chicago, Tokyo and New York. I’ve also done the Pendock Chicken Run and the 2018 Worcester 10k. I was part of a team that took on Thunder Run and complete two 10k laps. The longest and furthest runs were last year, at the Joust, where I did 5 laps each of 5.5miles. I surprised myself! If it wasn’t for the social side of the club I certainly would not be running. In January 2019, I organised a Plum Ski trip to Les Arcs 2000 which was great fun. I hope this will become an annual event! #UTP