Profiles of some of the Club's Committee
Jeff Aston is a founder member of Les Croupiers (1981) and a London Marathon Ever Present.
He was previously Vice Chair of the Club’s Committee and is now one of the General Members.
Jeff is our statistician and he organises the Handicap 10 and the Race of Truth.
He is also the Welsh Castles Relay’s Race Referee and produces the results for the Gwent League.
Though he may run slower these days, he’s lost none of his determination.
Ian Barrett details to follow soon.
Place of birth: Mums living room floor - Warley - West Midlands
Favourite running distance: Half to Marathon
Favourite race/ event: Welsh Castles Relay (but not leg 10 !) ; Hopefully the New York Marathon this year !
What you bring to the committee: Cakes. Help support the committee and work with effective traditions of the club and bring in new ones too. And bring in the odd bad joke or three.
Interesting fact: Not followed by Ryan Reynolds (yet) on twitter. First marathon was whilst living in Kentucky in 1997, Chicago..
Richie Bullen joined the Club in 1982 shortly after it was formed and became Club Treasurer in 1988.
Place of birth: Solihull. Studied at Cardiff University and did not return back across the border.
Favourite running distance: 10K (101 completed of which the first 78, July 1985 - June 2009 were sub-35 minutes).
Favourite race/ event: Currently the Great South Run (10 miles). Since 2005 I have raced it fifteen times, run it once with Yvonne, and twice been a spectator as injured.
What you bring to the committee: Hopefully brevity, occasionally some common sense, and always attention to any financial implications of decisions made.
Interesting fact: A non-running one: my degree was in Philosophy. A running one: after Margam Park my total cross-country races for Les Croupiers stood at 261.
Karen Chadwell joined the club in 2011 and loves running and racing with other club members.
She prefers longer distances and has discovered a love of cross country and off road running.
She already knew about her love of cake! She’s trained as a Leader in Running Fitness and helps to run Croups off the Couch.
She’s also one of the club’s Welfare Officers.
Paul Chapman details to follow soon.
Place of birth: UHW, Cardiff born and bred
Favourite running distance: anything from 10k to 10 miles
Favourite race/event: love the Rabbit run and pudding run. Any off road or trail is generally the best.
What you bring to the committee: brand new to the committee so this is yet to be seen. Can promise to bring enthusiasm and quick typing.
Interesting fact: I played the steel pan for a number of years in high school and after I left school. Our band once opened the Notting Hill Carnival which was a fabulous weekend.
Graeme Donnan details to follow soon.
Dave George details to follow soon.
Place of birth: Bangor, although I’m a west Wales boy through and through
Favourite running distance: 5km-half
Favourite race/ event: Florence Marathon
What you bring to the committee: A can-do attitude and a drive to bond the team and organise the more social side
Interesting fact: Ryan Reynolds follow me on Twitter, @GillibrandPeter for anyone who’s interested.
John Griffin is the Club’s Chairman.
He joined the club shortly after it was formed and was a formidable runner in his time! Irrepressible John dedicates a huge amount of his time to the Club – from putting up the tents and storing the kit to time keeping and handing out club vests.
He’s also Co-Race Director for the Welsh Castles Relay and an official for the Gwent League and most major races in South Wales.
Place of birth: Paddington London .
Favourite running distance: was 10 to 20 miles. I found the Marathon a step too far after the 4th one. Slow learner.
Favourite race/event: Rhayader 20. and obviously the Castles.
What you bring to the committee: 28 years of Consistency and an aim to implement new ideas to improve our club.
Interesting fact: The Second World War was declared exactly 1 month after I was born but not my fault.
Peter Heath details to follow soon.
The following advice is intended to keep our runners SAFE at all times!
It is also essential that, whilst out running as a club, we are seen to be polite, responsible, set a good example & not put others at risk.
AT ALL TIMES BE SAFE BE SEEN! You can never be too visible! During the day, always wear bright or light-coloured clothing - fluorescent is good.
At night we would strongly recommend that people ALWAYS wear light-coloured clothing plus a REFLECTIVE (not just fluorescent) bib or sash.
Clip on flashers are a great way to be seen. NEVER ASSUME YOU'VE BEEN SEEN. Always be cautious with traffic.
We would like to remind people that they are responsible for their own safety and that they run at their own risk.