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
Pete O’Grady
Vice Chairman
I hold Coach in running Fitness the Leader in Running Fitness qualifications and lead weekly runs at 10am as well as holding the club’s beginners (C25k) courses twice a year.

I run 5 days a week and can be found at the clubs sessions at Bamber Bridge on Tuesdays, the Poachers each Thursday as well as the Friday daytime run.  I also do the occasional parkrun as I do enjoy a parkrun away day.
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.
Andy Speer
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.
Alison Mercer
Membership Secretary

If you have any queries about your membership, please email me at

Anneke Crosby
Welfare Officer
You can find Anneke’s introduction here.
John Naylor
General Committee
I returned to running in 2012 and joined Red Rose in 2014. I look after the website’s administration and have recently organised and collated results for virtual events within the club. I am obsessive about marathons, having completed my 100th in November 2019. 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 (usually Preston) and marathons when I can.
Ben Donoghue
General Committee
I can often be found running with the Thursday night group. This is mostly because I am bullied into it but also because the run finishes at a pub. I really enjoy fell and trail running but am slightly more competitive on the road. I often find myself coaxed into long runs with others who are marathon training so I usually end up doing a couple of marathons myself each year. As yet my only responsibility within the club is to sound the horn to start races at the Olympics once a year. I fear the rest of the committee will find a way of changing that soon.
Gareth Bell
General Committee
Here is Gareth’s introduction.