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Meet the main committee team...

Cherwell Runners and Joggers is run by an enthusiastic and experienced team who are dedicated to
making the club as friendly, successful and fun as possible.
The Committee meets every 6 weeks to talk all things club related. If you have anything you
would like to share or ideas to put forward please let us know! 

Lawrence Parkes


As one of the original club members that formed Cherwell Runners and Joggers over 30 years ago it has been a privilege to watch CRJ go from strength to strength and I am proud to still be playing an active role in the club today.

Dawn Osborne

secretary & membership

I joined CRJ in 1995 after having my second child. Initially with the goal of getting fitter. I never really considered taking part in races but was quickly encouraged to do the Oxford mail cross country series. I have never looked back! I have taken part in a variety of races over the years from short sprints to marathons. The support I have received from other runners in the club is incredible and I’ve achieved far more with CRJ then I ever thought possible. I’ve made friends that I will have for life.

Mark Thorley


In my role as Treasurer I work with the committee to ensure the club can not only fulfil its goals but can explore new opportunities that benefit the club and its members.  


Clare Curnow

Clare Curnow

cross country co-ordinator

I joined the club in 2017 after discovering CRJ through ParkRun. My aim was to run a 10k. I managed that the first evening! I’ve found running and chatting is great. Everyone is friendly. Through lockdowns, the club, virtually and in person (as allowed), has been so important to me.

Alex Price Cherwell Runner

Alex Price

mens captain

I joined CRJ in 2017. I was just getting back into running after recovering from breaking my leg the year before. I was a bit nervous at first because I had only ever run by myself. Everyone was really friendly and I soon discovered how to run and chat. At the point I joined the club I was running 5-10 miles a week. Since then I have done several half marathons, one marathon and my first ultra. Definitely a great decision to join the club. In 2021 I was elected as Men’s Captain which is a great opportunity to help and support all the club members and be part of the clubs future.

Kelly Gutteridge

welfare officer

I first ran with CRJ in 2007/2008 while I was training for Stratford half marathon. After a long gap, I came back in 2016. The ongoing support has been game changing. I’ve never been a fast runner, but I feel accepted for the runner I am and always encouraged to keep going to the next roundabout!

Jo Abbott

ladies captain

I have been a member of CRJ since 2021. I started running in 2007 after securing a place to run the London Marathon. At the time I was a complete novice and the thought of joining a running club felt far too daunting so I trained on my own. In hindsight I wish I had taken the plunge and joined CRJ! There are so many benefits to being part of a running club. It is not just about running in a group, it is a place to make new friends, have a laugh, share stories & experiences and help each other to achieve goals.