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Club Leadership announcement and EGM

12/07/2024 | Avon Valley Runners | Avon Valley Triathletes | Avon Valley Juniors |

Firstly, a huge thank you to those that have stepped up to support the running of the club during a challenging period. In particular, thank you to Vicky Bodman who has provided guidance and stability in the Interim Chair position and will soon continue to support back in the Vice Chair role. 

The Club would therefore like to announce advertisement of the Chairman position. Please see the bottom of this message for the full role specification, outlining all of the key duties and responsibilities required.  

Applications for the Chairman position will be open until Friday 19th July. If you are interested in taking up this leadership position, please send your application to  secretary@avonvalleyrunners.org.uk including answers to the following two questions: 

  1. What is your interest in the Chairman role?

  1. What do you feel you would bring to the role of Chairman? 

An EGM will be held at 8PM on Monday 5th August at Trowbridge Rugby Club where we will carry out a vote on the position. 

We encourage as many members to attend this meeting as possible, to ensure a wide and representative vote. 

Role Outline: Chairman

• Be the lead ambassador for the Organisation

• To ensure the efficient running of the club by Chairing regular committee and annual general meetings. Also contributing to the development of agendas and presentations

• Helping others to understand their roles and responsibilities

• Communicating with members within the club and have a visible presence on the AVR social media pages encouraging and supporting members

• Attend social events hosted for AVR for members

• Be actively involved in developing an action plan for the club and follow up actions that arise

• Ensure the successful governance of the club

• Ensure that the club is meeting its legal obligations

• Representing the club at local and regional events

• Assist the club to fulfill its responsibilities to safeguard children at club level

• Ensuring an understanding of the legal responsibilities of the club to which the Club complies

• To organise and run the Stan Farr Race held on Boxing Day each year, including promotion of the event and liaison with the volunteer co-ordinator

• To host and present the awards at the presentation evening

• To work with and be supported by the Vice Chair and Secretaries to ensure that messaging and communication is consistent

• Arranging handover or succession planning for the position

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AVR Autumn Target Races and Coaching Plan

24/06/2024 | Avon Valley Runners |

AVR are pleased to announce the launch of a new addition to our training offering, free to all members.


From July 2024, members will be invited to sign up to weekly training sessions, commencing in August, that are specifically designed to enable you to take on a target 10 mile race or Half Marathon – or both - in the Autumn.

We will be training for two great races:

  • The Great South Run (October 20th). A popular 10 mile course; flat and fast with a great atmosphere.  This is also an England Masters qualifying race.
  • The Gosport Half Marathon (November 17th).  Another popular race, this time a club organised run of 2000 participants, and like the Great South Run, flat and fast.   

This programme is designed to cater for everyone.  Whether you are nervously wondering whether you can achieve your first half marathon (you can!), or are an already proficient runner looking to achieve a PB in these distances, this programme is for you.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, read on.  And if you’re already sold on the idea, go ahead and book the races you fancy, and more details will be communicated to you soon.

Further information can be found here: AVR Autumn Target Races and Coaching Plan - For Website.docx

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With Deepest Sadness

25/03/2024 | Avon Valley Runners | Avon Valley Triathletes | Avon Valley Juniors |

It is with the deepest sadness and regret that we have to inform you that our beautiful, brilliant and fun loving Chair Sara Robert, who gave her absolute heart and soul to AVR and in everything she did, passed away suddenly yesterday Sunday 24th March.

In the coming days, we know this will be hard for members to process as we are all heart broken. We encourage people reach out to their AVR friends and family for support.

Our thoughts are with her family at this time.

Please direct any correspondence to Dave Hyde and Vicky Bodman using the address, secretary@avonvalleyrunners.org.uk.

Sara pictured arriving at and then presenting the AVR awards earlier this month.

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