Run Leader of the Month Award - December 2021
17 January 2022
We are pleased to announce our final winner of the 2021 Run Leader Award series, in partnership with Kukri. Our December winner is Andy Raju, RunTogether Group Leader of 'Run with Andy'.
As the winner of our December Run Leader of the Month Award, Andy will take away a prize courtesy of Kukri.
Make Running and Walking a Lifestyle
Make running and walking a lifestyle is Andy’s mantra. Andy encourages an active lifestyle and wants all members to feel empowered, moving their bodies without barriers to participation getting in the way.
Andy was nominated by running club group member Anya, who describes Andy as “a fantastic leader who is always on hand to help with queries, or to give any needed advice”. Andy’s local running club is a great way for anyone to get involved who is unsure how to start running.
Anya goes on to explain that
“Andy’s sessions are fun, unique, and very rewarding. The group is very friendly and easy going too, and my fitness has improved a lot thanks to Andy and his guidance. I can definitely see the difference training in a group-based environment makes compared to training alone”.
“Run with Andy is a welcoming running club that provides group trail walks during the Spring and Summer to cater for all abilities and those who may prefer walking.”
Andy believes RunTogether running clubs provide a great way of encouraging those who struggle training alone or lack motivation. He says
“RunTogether promotes friendships and encourages attendees to push themselves”. Andy’s group has a “show up and win” mentality, that has been exemplified over the years as some group members have gone on to take part in couch to 5k challenges, as well as 5km and 10km races.”
Andy is one of many Run Leaders across the country offering coaching and support at local running clubs. If you are wondering how to start running, search for one of our local running clubs near you. We have running groups for all abilities and our expert Run Leaders are here to help you get the best out of your running.
Accepting the Run Leader Award
On hearing the news of his award Andy has said “I am very grateful, for not only being selected as a winner, but to receive a nomination. It is always great to see considerable progression over the years from our group members especially during these uncertain times.”
As this is the last running club award of 2021, we would like to thank Kukri for their continued support which includes the provision of awesome kit and their participation in the judging of the nominations. And of course, our thanks go to all of you who have sent us nominations and have received the awards.
We love hearing about your RunTogether experiences; so please keep tagging us on your social media posts and sharing your stories.
With so many great Run Leaders and Runners out there, we have decided to continue these awards bi-monthly in 2022, so that other Run Leaders and Runners can be celebrated for their efforts and achievements.
Nominate your Runner of the Month for the January 2022 Award
Is there someone at your local running club that you think deserves some recognition? Don’t forget to make your nomination! Run Leaders can now nominate a runner for the Runner of the Month Award for January. For more information on nominating a runner, please contact us. For more information about how to start running, visit our tips and advice page. We have lots of useful running tips to help take your running to the next level. If you would like to get involved with a local running club, then search for a running club near you.