BVR Ladies take on Lake District Fells

A cold and misty weekend in January saw a team of three BVR ladies take on a gruelling Fell Running and Navigating weekend in the Lake District. Club members Tracy Dolman, Karen Jones and Maria Drummond climbed a staggering 1000m in one day whilst learning fell navigation techniques and developing mountain running skills.  Here’s a couple of short videos of their achievement.



Beginners Course Starting February 2017


The next Beginners course will begin on 22nd February 2017

The beginners running course will take you from the sofa to a 5k parkrun in just 9 weeks. After that you will be able to join the white group, our entry level running group for a weekly run, as well as join in the other training sessions, events and runs the club offers.

This course is for anyone who wants to get fitter, enjoy running and become part of an active, social and friendly running club.  Starting off slowing, you gradually build up your fitness and stamina though a combination of walking and running. You will also learn about warming up and cooling down, the importance of stretching and staying hydrated.


The course will be taken by Deb from CanDo Running, a qualified RunTogether leader in Running Fitness, who is fully insured and trained to motivate, guide and inspire you to your 5K goal.

The practical bits

When: The course runs for 9 consecutive Wednesdays, however you also need to commit to two ‘homework’ runs in between.  You will need to attend all of the sessions, or be able to complete the runs to enable you to keep track.

The next course starts on Wednesday 22nd February 2017. We will meet at 6.45pm for registration and introductions, before heading out for our session in the local area.

Where:  Meet at Aldershot Cricket Club. The easiest place to park is in Aldershot Park car park, to the left of the cricket club gates.

What do you need? Shoes are the key! These are the one investment you really do need to make. Cutting corners here is a false economy. Reckon on spending between £70-£100 for a decent pair and take advice from a specialist running store. They have trained staff ready to help and who know what it means to be starting out.

It will also be worthwhile buying some specialist running apparel in time as this is designed to keep you cool as it “wicks” away sweat from the body.

You will also need to bring a bottle of water (a small handheld bottle is perfect) to enable you to stay hydrated during and after the session.

How do you sign up? Places are limited to 12 people per course.

To book simply visit and register your place on the course

For more information please email

Cost: £25 in cash or by cheque made payable to Blackwater Valley Runners. This must be paid in advance to secure your place.

BVR Awards Ceremony

Don’t miss out on the Annual Awards Night 2017

Spaces are limited, so make sure you don’t miss out on our annual awards night on Friday 3rd February 2017. This year we are heading back to Farnham Castle for a three course meal and the chance to celebrate the achievements if the club and its members over the last twelve months. When that’s all done, the party really starts and much dancing occurs.

Last year the castle proved to be a sensational venue, with it’s grand entrance and beautiful great hall. The best part is that the club subsidises the cost of the night, so it’s just £25 for members and £57 for non-members.

Limited places – don’t leave it too late

All you’ve got to do is pay your money and make your menu choices by the 4th January. You can pay by cash, cheque or bank transfer and either email your completed menu choice to or give it to Alan on a Wednesday night. Bank details etc are on the form.

You can download and print off the menu here.

You need to get your place booked now though, as they are limited to 120. Don’t delay!



Queen’s Avenue Tragedy

Yesterday (Tuesday) evening, two young girls from Aldershot & Farnham District (AFD) Athletics Club tragically lost their lives while out running with their club, in what appears to be the most awful and senseless circumstances. The BVR committee, on behalf of its members, would like to express their deepest sympathies to the families of those involved, as well as heartfelt solidarity with the AFD community. 

Most Improved

Each year the club like to recognise the achievements of those runners who have shown a particular improvement on performance. There are two trophies – one for the female improver and one for the male.

Points Championship

Each year the club agree on a list of races that will attract points. The idea is that these should be sufficiently diverse to attract the full range of runners and that points should be weighted to reward not only performance but also, for example, personal best achievements, first time entered etc.  There are four awards for both female and male runners with a shield going to the winners in both categories.

The 2015 Award - Linda Radford

In 2015 the award went to Linda Radford. Linda not only achieved numerous PB’s in 2015, regularly turned up at events but also did as much as anyone to encourage others to take part. The award is just recognition for Linda’s determination, dedication and commitment to the club.

The 2015 Award - Alex Radford

Alex Radford, the Club Captain, was the worthy winner in 2015. A regular presence at events throughout the year Alex also went out of his way to encourage others to take part. In addition to the club’s own events Alex also played a pivotal role in supporting the local parkrun, regularly giving up his own run to allow others to take part.   

Previous Female Winners

Previous Male Winners

Personality of the Year

There are two awards in this category – one each for the male and female considered to be the personality of the year.  These awards are decided upon through the votes of all club members and usually go to the people who have made a particular effort to entertain and inspire others.

The 2015 Award - Linda Folley

Linda Folley was the recipient of the 2015 female personality of the year award. An inspiration to other runners, a friendly face every week, organiser of social events and also the most well-travelled runner in the history of the club!

The 2015 Award - Alan King & John Orrell

In 2015 this award was shared between Alan King and John Orrell. Alan leads a group every week and is generally the first person new runners get to go for a run with – the award is recognition for both his welcoming approach and truly awful jokes! ‘Big’ John Orrell on the other hand has never led a group, can generally be relied on to mis-judge spectacularly the distance between his ability and his ambition but provides as many laughs as anyone - not always intentionally!

Previous Award Winners

The previous winners of the Personality of the Year award. Note that up until 1988, one trophy was presented. From 1989, male and female trophies were presented.

Year Male Personality Female Personality
2015 John Orrell / Alan King tbc
2014 Alan King tbc
2013 Alan King tbc
2012 Alan King Sandra McCaig
2011 Barry Tulett / Alan King Sandra McCaig
2010 Nick Silvester Jenny King
2009 Alan King Elaine Campbell
2008 Alan King Elaine Campbell
2007 Alan King Elaine Campbell
2006 Bill Watmore Clare Beauchamp
2005 Kevin Voller / Alan King Sue Goode
2004 Alan King Sue Goode
2003 Jock Campbell Sue Goode
2002 Tony Kamara Sue Mountain
2001 Jock Campbell Sue Goode
2000 Henk van der Beek Margaret Ackers / Gill Stone
1999 Nick Burchnall Sue Mountain
1998 Clive Goode Gill Stone
1997 Bill Watmore Jane Malcolm-Davies
1996 Alan King Shirley Glide
1995 James Hill Margaret Ackers
1994 Paul Fox Shirley Glide
1993 Fred Smith Joanne Hale
1992 Geoff Norkett Nora.T. Paget
1991 Nigel Dickinson Julie Henson
1990 Geoff Norkett Annie Bailey
1989 Clive Goode Pat Fallon
1988 Annie Bailey Annie Bailey
1987 Roger Glide Roger Glide
1986 Geoff Norkett Geoff Norkett
1985 Pauline Lunn Pauline Lunn
1984 Sid Jones Sid Jones

Outstanding Achievement Award

This award is decided upon by the club committee and goes to the person who has achieved something particularly notable during the year.

The 2015 Award - Steve Low

This award in 2015 went to Steve Low. Steve, one of the club’s longest serving members, completed his 100th marathon this year and continues to provide inspiration to the club’s newer and younger runners.

Previous Award Winners

A list of the previous winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Year Name  
2015 Steve Low
2014 Chris McWilliam
2013 Steve Low
2012 Sue Goode
2011 Andy Ratcliffe
2010 n/a
2009 Steve Low
2008 n/a
2007 Steve Low
2006 Henk Van der Beek
2005 John Cassell
2004 John Keenan
2003 Bob Jones
2002 Geoff Norkett
2001 Chris Fanning
2000 Steve Low
1999 John Keenan
1998 Margaret Ackers
1997 Bob Jones
1996 Chris Fanning