Committee

The committee is drawn from the membership. Committee members are elected annually at the AGM which is generally held in October. Under normal circumstances the committee meets during the evening of the third Monday of each month.

The normal rules of committee are followed. The agenda and minutes of the last meeting are normally emailed to committee members by the secretary or chairman prior to the meeting.

Documents under discussion are shared in a Committee Only Area of this website.

You do not have to be a member of the committee to attend meetings, but it would be helpful if members planning to attend contacted the Secretary or Chairman beforehand. In some exceptional circumstances the chairman might require them to withdraw if there is something confidential to be discussed. Club members may take part in the discussions but only committee members are permitted to vote at meetings.

All committee positions are voluntary and unpaid. If you feel you can help with a particular job or want to join the committee, please contact us.

Committee Members

Philip Butler
Chairman
mug-shot-john-rogerson John Rogerson
Vice Chairman and Membership Secretary
Joined in late 2009 and enjoyed running with the club so much that I volunteered to help out. I process your application forms, present the stats on club membership to the committee, help out with updates to the website and deal with some of the club emails.
If you want anything adding or updating on the website then please let me know. From time to time I will send you reminders by email. Sometimes I get to hand prizes out which is always a pleasure.
Julie Thorley
Club Secretary
Hi, my name is Julie Thorley and I am club secretary. I get involved in all kinds of things relating to the club so am sure will meet you at some point. If you need an Inter Club number then it’s usually me who hands them out, I organise the Olympics each year, and help lead on Tuesdays. I hold the Leadership in Running Fitness (Fell option) and enjoy running  “off road” as much as I can.  I started running with Red Rose around 12 years ago – after meeting a man in a pub! Since then I’ve made lots of friends and even managed to work up to completing a few marathons, enjoying the training along the way.
Judith Cook
Treasurer
Peter O’Grady
General committee member
I hold the Leader in Running Fitness qualification and lead the weekly Friday runs at 10am from Avenham as well as holding the clubs beginners (C25k) courses twice a year.

I run 6 days a week and can be found at the clubs sessions at Fulwood leisure most Tuesdays, the Poachers each Thursday as well as the Friday daytime run.  I also do the occasional parkrun with Preston being my usual one but I do enjoy an away day.
  Pita Oates
Ladies Captain and UKA qualified Coach and Fell run leader.

I am an active member of the committee and a keen contributor in improving training experiences for our membership. The interval sessions run every week – either at track or on Avenham park Preston and are one of the clubs ‘speed and strength’ training session each week.
My passion lies in seeing athletes improve, and this can be in any area, from beginning a running journey on the fells or achieving a timed mile PB!
I may not be as visible as I would like for this seasons club events and this is largely due to heavy loaded training for my first Lakeland 50 mile event in July. However, I still endeavour to meet and greet new members (and old) at as many events as possible or at my beloved Cuerden  Valley parkrun which I set up almost 4 years ago now.
Give me a shout out if you see me at training or an event and let’s compare our running experiences 🌹
Paula Plowman
Race Director
I joined Red Rose in 2011 having signed up for my first marathon, long training runs on my own did not appeal. I have never looked back, you will see me at many events, cross country, fell and trail running as well as road races, oh and social events too. I decided to give something back when I was asked to be race director and joined the committee.
John Plowman
General Committee

I am an active member of the committee and have contributed towards the introduction of the training night new runners register and accident and near miss forms. I can normally be found on the Thursday night training runs where I assist planning the routes and leading the medium length run. I also assist Paula carry out her role as race director for the Worden Park 10K, inter club race and Cuerden Park cross country.
Carolyn Douglass
General Committee
Sally Cape
General Committee
Anneke Crosby
Welfare Officer
John Naylor
General Committee
I am obsessive about marathons, recently completing a 7 in 7 competition. When I’m not doing those, I try and enter as many club races as I can, including road, trail, fell and cross country. I can usually be found at Thursday night training, parkruns on Saturday (Cuerden or Preston) and marathons when I can.
I am assisting John with the website’s administration.
Steve Taylor
General Committee

I have been a member of Red Rose Road Runners for over three years. When I joined up I was relatively new to running, however in the last few years I have enjoyed taking part in lots of races from 5k up to Marathon.
I’m an active member of the local running community as most nights of the week I am out training with Red Rose, RunSmart, parkrun or friends.
I’ve even found a bit of time to run a few running challenges which many of the clubs members have taken part in, raising a few quid for charity along the way.
wp-1486677723974.jpg Ian Wharton
General Committee
Kate Clipston
General Committee
Ben Donoghue
General Committee
Pete Battersby
General Committee
Ruth Travis
General Committee
I joined Red Rose in June 2015, after having being a member of Manchester Frontrunners for 7 years, four of which I spent on their committee as Communications Officer responsible for their website and newsletter. I swore then that 1 wouldn’t join another committee again but here I am…..
Running wise, I compete in anything from parkrun (Cuerden Valley parkrun female points competition winner 2016) through to ultra , via all the distances in-between. 2017 saw me fulfil a long held ambition of becoming a triathlete as I did a number of pool based sprint events. This year I also tentatively stuck a toe in the murky world of fell running by doing several of the fell races on the club calendar. This only really confirmed that I am a ardent tarmac lover.
Anees Sheikh
General Committee
Gareth Bell
General Committee