Competitive, Inclusive, Camaraderie.
Tim Hulse - Club Chairman
I was elected Chair of our Club in April 2015 and I’m responsible for overseeing our Club as a whole together with the Committee. My role is to help develop our Club in a progressive and positive manner with three broad aims; competitive, inclusive and camaraderie. Running wise my preference is now the longer distances and I have PB’s of 3:05 (London Marathon in 2017) and 1:21 (Stafford Half Marathon in 2017). As Chair I’m motivated to achieve PB’s in all areas for our Club (see 3 aims above), and am happy to help members achieve individual PB’s. Feel free to talk to me anytime (on a run or in the bar after is ideal) about ideas and how we can continue to improve our Club.
Bernie Priekulis - Club Captain
I joined SMM in 1995, having previously been a member of NSRRA. My first road race was the Potts Marathon in 1989, 2 of us pushing a lad in a wheelchair round the course. I’ve always preferred the longer runs and hope to complete 100 road Marathons within a couple of years. My favourite Marathon is the Luberon in Provence and my least favourite, the last one in Lisbon. Regrets? Should have tried to sneak a few more Marathons in when I was younger and fitter. After 20 years, I felt that it was my turn to raise my game and put something back into our Club, having had such great times as a member. I’ve always taken great pride in any organisation that I’ve been involved in and felt that more recently, our Club was under-achieving and not supporting those who wished to run more competitively. My single aim as Captain is to put in place the framework that will help more of you to run for our Club, in whatever competitive race you choose. It goes without saying that running has got to have a fun element or I’m gone! I’ve been around a bit now and don’t see my PB’s of 3.05 at London and 1.23 at Lake Vyrnwy being under threat. My challenge is to get you to fulfil your own potential and in doing so, raise the profile of The Bats, locally and further afield (European Marathon, anyone?)
Anne Griffiths - Club Secretary and Welfare Officer
I have been a running leader since 2014 and I work closely with the Thursday evening beginners group. Being a running leader means that I have been able to see many beginners join the Club (often slightly nervous and uncertain as to why they are there!) and progress into enthusiastic and competent runners. I joined SMM as a complete novice and the opportunity to run with dedicated, passionate runners inspired me to take on a running leader role so that I, too, could encourage others to join this wonderful little community. Email - secretary @ stonemm.co.uk
Tom Johnson - Treasurer
My role is to ensure the Club’s finances are kept in order, negotiating costs, paying bills, banking cheques, producing annual accounts and financial reports, and advising on spending strategies. I have been a member of SMM now for 6 years and have been Treasurer for 4 of those. When not inhibited by a persistent ankle injury and work commitments I favour the longer distance running (Marathons) and I have averaged 3 a year in various places around Europe, something I didn’t think I was capable of until joining the Club. You will usually find me at most Club events helping out Brian with the marshalling or counting the money from on the day entrants. Email - treasurer @ stonemm.co.uk
Brian Hall - Race Committee Co-ordinator and Chief Race Marshal
Helping to promote our Race events in a professional, safe and profitable manner. Having reached the age where running competitively is no longer a serious option, I get tremendous satisfaction from putting back into the sport which we all love, whilst still enjoying the camaraderie and friendships which I have built up over the years since 1987 when I first joined the Club. Most of my interests are based on outdoor activities and there cannot be many better areas for running or walking than in the countryside around Stone, and our races are a showcase for this.
Paul Phillips - Vice-Captain
Hi, I’m Paul, Vice–Captain (or more commonly known the Captain of Vice) – my main role in the club is to support Bernie with the club runs and supporting other club members in helping them get what they want out of the club. I work closely with Emma in getting the members results on the web and also keeping tabs on the prestigious Club Championship. I only started running in 2012, doing the Stafford Half Marathon as my first ever race in 2:10 and enjoyed it that much I joined the club later that year with an aim to improving my times. In 2014 I stepped in as Vice- Captain and people keep voting me in ever since!! Current PB’s Marathon – Potts 2015 – 3:48:17 Half – Stafford 2017 – 1:35:09 10k – Stone 2016 – 42:29
Julie Boulton - Membership Secretary
We currently have over 100 members and over the past few months we’ve gained an average of 4 new members per month, so it’s keeping me busy. I joined ‘Stone Master Marathoners’ in January 2009 after entering the Stafford Half Marathon following a few glasses of wine over Christmas. The only reason I entered was because my son and brother had a bet that I wouldn’t get round. I completed the Stafford Half in 2:18 in 2009, and I’ve been running ever since. I’ve seen some amazing countryside and made lots of wonderful friends, and in 2015 completed the Stafford Half in less than 2 hours (1:57). Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries regarding SMM membership, England Athletics registration, or if you change your contact details. Email membership @ stonemm.co.uk
Michelle Miles - Social Secretary
During my relatively short time with the club, I’ve enjoyed getting to know all club members, from runners, to marshals, family members and supporters. As a result, becoming Social Secretary allows me to have the formal role of bringing everybody together for Socials, events and talks. Please feel free to grab me at any time to let me know what you’d like us to do! And if you’re interested in joining one of our many socials, check out our Social webpage here >>
Emma Dutton - Communications
I still remember the day I met a friend to train for a Race For Life 5k and had to walk half of it! Wanting to improve my running, I joined SMM in 2015 and am a ‘graduate’ of the Thursday Beginners group. My proudest achievement is completing the London Marathon in 2016, raising over £1700 for Douglas Macmillan Hospice in the process. I’m proof positive that anyone can achieve something if they set their mind to it. My role at the club is helping to generally promote us and our races, something made much easier by the fantastic community of Bats around me. I also have a penchant for posing for silly race photos! If you have ideas or suggestions on how you can help us spread the word, drop me a line via email above or add me on Facebook. Email marketing @ stonemm.co.uk
Julie Ebrey - Committee Member
I’m proud to belong to such a great running club that harnesses the essence of running across all platforms and for all abilities; from Ultra’s to 5 milers – sprinters to plodders, the club is there for everyone. Since joining in 2012 I achieved the unthinkable and ran a marathon; within 18 months of my joining. I know I never would have achieved this without the support of SMM. I’ve grown to love the longer trail challenges and off road running. Giving something back to the club that supports me in so many ways is important, hence my wanting to offer my input as a Committee Member; being able to offer my services across the board and help out where needed in shaping the club that our members truly love.
Kathryn Ambrose - Mental Health Ambassador (non-committee)
I started running about 15 years ago, when I got over my fear of treadmills (I fell off one once in school!) during a gym session when it seemed that no other piece of equipment could wear me out! That said, I couldn’t run for a bus when I started ? I soon ventured outside and entered my first 10k not long afterwards, finishing in 69 minutes. I carried on running (waddling) through two pregnancies but it wasn’t until after I had my little girl three years ago that I really upped my mileage. I started running with her in the buggy, as well as rejoining my club at the time, Trentham. Although I will probably never be super speedy, I do seem to have the ability to run forever, which has led me to complete eight ultras in the last two years. I joined the Bats in April 2016 when I knew we were moving to Stone, and I’ve never looked back! It’s a super friendly and inclusive club, which has something for all abilities and backgrounds. My role as Mental Health Ambassador is designed to initiate and support current members to talk about good mental health (no stigma!) by promoting a safe and non-judgemental environment. Through outreach work in the community and organised events, I aim to promote the work of SMM and gain new members who may find running helpful in overcoming mental illness.
Emma Phillips (Pigtails) - Ambassador for Ultra Runners (non-committee)
I’m proud to belong to such a great running club that harnesses the essence of running across all platforms and I'm probably better known to most people as 'Pigtails', I'm a rather new bat having only joined in October 2017 but it's home. I accidently began running back in 2013 and we've shared a special love hate relationship ever since. Raised by scout leaders means I'm no stranger to the outdoors so I soon found my happy place out on the trails. A good friend suggested I should try ultras and in 2016 I ran the Gritstone Grind, I was hooked. There's something unique about the strategy of running big distance, learning to know your body and how it functions, how to fuel it, how to carry it for mile after beautiful mile. Each ultra comes with different challenges, varied terrain, insane elevation, navigational challenges, seasonal challenges. No two are the same and that's why I love them. I'm at my happiest sharing what I've learnt over the years and seeing that passion light up in others. Come and talk to me at club, I can offer guidance, advice, help you find races to suit you and point you in the right general direction. You'll never know your limits if you don't test them 🦇