Committee

Club President
Kev Taylor
Kev Taylor Kev was one of the founder members of the club back in February 2013 and in 2020 became the Club’s Life President after stepping down as Chairman due to injury.  He has been running for over twenty years having ‘reluctantly’ taken it up jog/walking to help a running friend who was returning from injury. As a lifelong asthmatic, Kev never dreamed of being a runner and still regards crossing the line at the 2009 London Marathon as one of his proudest moments.

When his injuries allow, Kev likes to run off-road whenever possible and his favourite races are the annual SYAAC Cross Country Fixtures, the Edwinstowe 10k trail, and Short to Medium Fell Races, although he also enjoys local 10k road races.

Outside the club, Kev’s other interests include road cycling and triathlon.

Ladies Captain
Lynn Hutchinson
Lynn started running in October 2016, after her husband persuaded her to give it a go, initially at her local park run, then joining Danum Harriers in January 2017. With the support from her fellow Harriers she quickly moved up the groups and gained more confidence to start entering races. In October of that year she completed her first marathon in York and a few weeks later completed the White Rose Ultra with three other lovely Harriers.

Her proudest moment was receiving the Harriers’ Female Runner Of The Year trophy in 2017 after an amazing first year. Lynn’s favourite event is Endure24, an event she tackled for the third year running in June 2019 with 30 other fellow Harriers. In 2018, after another failed attempt to gain entry to the London Marathon, her name was pulled out of the hat for the Club’s marathon place. She proudly crossed the line in April 2019 and stated it was one of the best experiences of her life, one she will be eternally grateful to the Harriers for providing her with the opportunity.

Since then Lynn has tried out a few other disciplines – she regularly takes part in Duathlons and in May 2019 she attempted her first middle distance triathlon (half ironman).

Men’s Captain
James Holloway
James Holloway Jim started running in January 2017. Shortly after heading out alone, he paired up with an old school friend (Nicola), who had run in the past and wanted to get back into it. He completed his first 10K in September 2017 followed by the Doncaster 10K in November.

Nicola and her husband Neil, also an old school friend, encouraged him to find a club. Having seen dozens of Harriers supporting one another on the Doncaster 10K route, he got in touch and was running with them the following week.

He and Neil then b̶u̶l̶l̶i̶e̶d̶ encouraged Nicola (who was dismayed at having lost a running partner) into joining. By August 2018, despite protests of “I PREFER BIKES”, Neil had joined too.

Jim has run a variety of distances, including a 75KM ultra marathon. Strangely he decided to do that before completing his first marathon!

Club Secretary
Amanda Lane
Amanda first got into running in 2006 joining a group of colleagues who ran during their lunch break. She was encouraged to enter her first races (10ks and half marathons) to support a friend who was training for the London Marathon. Running was put on hold in 2013 as she dealt with illness. In 2017 she received the happy news that she was going to be a grandparent and decided, along with her husband to get fit and resumed running.

Encouraged by a neighbour she and her husband started running at the local Parkrun. The neighbour invited them to join her at a Danum Harriers club night and they were ‘hooked’.

Amanda will have a go at running any distance. Her favourite events are Parkrun, half and full marathons. When she is not running she loves spending time with her grandson.

Men’s Vice-Captain
Mick Plant
Mick started running in December 2015 after a friend recommended Parkrun to him. He had some health issues and really struggled to get round but became hooked. In 2017 he completed his first 10k at Clumber Park, finishing in 52 minutes and decided he would try and get under 50 minutes. He achieved this at the same race in 2018 and then got another pb at Grimsby 10k. He then decided to look at joining a club and Danum Harriers stood out to him.

He went to one Thursday session, which just happened to be an away run in Micklebring, and enjoyed it so much he joined that night. He said everyone was so welcoming and now he cannot imagine his life as a non-Harrier. He loves everything about the club and has made some great friends.  He was proud to win Male Runner of the year in 2019 and then the Club Championships in 2021. The club has helped him achieve lots of goals and even a Marathon finish, all in an XL vest!

His favourite race is the Doncaster 10k. He has also ventured into the world of Cycling and is now an active member of the TRI section of the club. He said it was a no brainer for him when the VC position came up in 2022 and is more than happy to give back to a club that has done so much for him.

Ladies Vice-Captain, Club Treasurer and Women’s Welfare Officer
Joanne Derx
Joanne started running about 10 years ago, mainly on the treadmill at her local gym, never fancying more than 5km she mixed it up with cross training and yoga. Her first running event was the Cusworth 10km in 2016.

Shortly after doing her first race and experiencing the race buzz, in awe of so many runners who all “looked like professionals” Joanne joined the Danum Harriers. In 2020 she took over the role of Club Treasurer, having spent some years performing roles for the club outside of the committee.

Joanne’s favourite runs are off road, she prefers endurance running (not built for speed), she has completed two Ultra’s and numerous 24 hour racing events. Joanne is enthusiastic when it comes to encouraging people who are new to the sport, providing C25k programmes and helping them to develop beyond that.

Media Officer and Men’s Welfare Officer
Mark Bower
Mark Bower Mark has been running since 2015 and joined the Harriers in September that year. He volunteered his services as Media Officer (looking after the website and dealing with the tech-related side of the club) in 2017, and is ideally suited to the role having spent over 20 years working in IT.  In 2020 he also took on the additional role of the club’s second Welfare Officer, supporting the male section of the club.

Mark’s favourite runs are 5km and 10kms, although he has run longer distances and in 2018 competed in his first 10 mile and half marathon races. Before running became his main form of cardio exercise he used to compete around the country in indoor rowing competitions, even medalling in his category on several occasions. When not running/rowing his other interests include photography, cycling, cars, home-cinema, films and anything tech-related.