Meet Our Team Captains
I have been a member since 2018, and from 2011 and 2014. As a club, we have our share of marathon runners and like many others I joined to get in shape for the London Marathon, in my case in 2018 (the hot one!) and haven’t looked back.
I have done several marathons since then and achieved my goal of running a sub-3-hour marathon, at the London Marathon. Every year we have a big contingent at London, including at the championship start and always have brilliant support thanks to our marshals at the Tower.
As a runner, I’m a bit of all-rounder, and have had success on road and track, short and longer distances. But for pure enjoyment I love trail running! I love to race and it’s been amazing winning races for the first time and also achieving high placings nationally in my age group at 10K and half marathon distances, racing on the track at the summer Vet’s athletic league and for the team in the Hampshire and TVXC leagues. There’s such a variety of things to get involved in at Reading Roadrunners and excellent coaches and track facilities at Palmer Park.
My goals are to run sub 2.50 at the marathon (in Boston this year) and be nationally competitive in my age group at the half marathon and aspire to emulate others at the club who have earned an England vest. But most all to continue to enjoy my running and as captain to support members to achieve their own personal goals and recognise the achievements of those trying the hardest and improving the most as much as those with the fastest times.
As Men’s captain, I want to increase participation in local, regional and national races, in part through the successful re-launch of our club championship. Secondly, I want to continue to promote running and volunteering at team events, as this brings out the best in us as a club. Lastly success is important, so we want to win TVXC and the Ridgeway Relay, improve our position in the Hampshire league XC and qualify teams for the national road relay championships.
Chloe Lloyd – Ladies Team Captain
I joined the club shortly after running in the Reading Half marathon as a non-affiliated runner back in April 2016. A current member took me under their wing and got me to the finish line in one piece. What struck me that day was the amount of support that they received on the side lines – that was it, I was sold.
Since then, I have run several half marathons on and off road, and one full road marathon, London in October 2022. When I first started out, I never thought I would be able to run this far, but I surprised myself that day, and learnt that consistency and patience does pay off. It has given me the bug and I am keen to find out how much faster I can go! Training for this marathon would never have been possible without my club friends.
During the year, I am a frequent attender at the cross-country events in the winter, and am partial to a few well known road races in the spring/summer. Although I am prone to a few niggles, the social aspect and camaraderie of the club pulls me back to my happy place – and I am sure that you will find this too.
My goals this year are to be more competitive in the shorter distances and team events, but also run ‘good for age’ at my next marathon. Ideally I would like to stay as injury free as possible to enable me to perform at my best, but I am going to have to be stricter with myself when it comes to strength and conditioning – and stretching after running!
Seeing what so many of our club runners have achieved over the recent months (and years) not only inspires me to push myself further, but has motivated me into taking up this position as Ladies Captain. With the size of the club that we are, we could be so much more competitive. During my time in this role, I aim to actively encourage and support you to participate and have fun. I am very much looking forward to working with you, and having you on my team.
Both of our Team Captains can be contacted on email@example.com