Caroline has been with the club for well over a year now, having joined when she moved into the area with her job as a nurse and took up a post at Lympstone Commando base.
Over the past year Caroline has made her mark on the south-west running scene, showing a particular strength and talent for longer distance, off-road running. She has also made a valued impact within the club by being a real team player and stepping in to help out at every relay event that the club entered last year. Thanks to her enthusiasm for these events she helped the female Harriers team to 2nd place at the Erme Valley Relays, 1st place at the East Devon Way relay (despite being drafted in at last minute, not being familiar with the route and taking a few wrong turns along the way!!) and 2nd place at the Parrett Trail Relays.
She can also hold her own when it comes to individual performances and has established a name for herself amongst the competitive running club females in the region who must know that they are in for a tough run when they see her on the start line. In the past year alone Caroline has taken 4th place at the Dartmoor Vale half-marathon and the 15 mile off-road Exmoor Stagger races (both in October 2011). She crossed the line in 3rd place at the Sidmouth Beat the Bus race (June 2011), the 10 mile Stickler (October 2011), our own Bicton Blister race (November 2011) and the Otterton Reindeer Run (December 2011). She took 2nd place at the Grizzly Cub event (March 2012) but, most importantly, she ran herself to an impressive 1st place in both the local Woodbury 10k race (September 2011) and the gruelling 20 mile Exe to Axe fell race (April 2012). Quite an impressive tally.
We will certainly miss Caroline's team spirit, competitive edge, cheerful bubbly personality and those signature pink ribbons in her twin pony-tails at races! We wish her well in her new post and with her move to Surrey. We hope that she manages to find a running club as friendly as the Harriers, and we are sure that any running club will snap her up immediately!
All the best Caroline, and stay in touch!!
Caroline doing the Harriers' vest proud en route to finishing 1st lady in the 2012 Exe to Axe race