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Runner Spotlight: JR Bishop

January 28, 2011

HARRC 2010 Male Runner of the Year

Joseph (JR) Bishop, who hails from Dillsburg, is the Harrisburg Area Road Runners Club Male Runner of the Year for 2010. JR, who is a fairly recent club member, participated in a variety of road races last year. Only running for about a year and a half, he continues to improve with just about every
race at distances ranging from the 5K to the half marathon. He ran the Hershey Half Marathon in October, finishing with a time of 1:46:38 and in the top 300 out of a field of roughly 2000 runners. His Hershey effort represented a significant improvement from his performance in June at the Dover Half
Marathon. There he finished with a time of 2:07 – a respectable effort for his first half marathon!

JR is an enthusiastic and approachable individual who is busily involved in club activities. Last year he participated in 26 Sunday club runs as either a runner or a host. That is well over 50% of the Sunday events for which we have results. His 2010 Sunday run times have markedly improved over the year. In the 5 mile runs he shaved off over eight minutes to go from 45:25 down to 38:03. In the 4 mile events he dropped more than 5 minutes to plummet from 34:23 to 29:05. Some of his other personal bests include 22:27 in the 5K and 90 minutes in the 10 mile distances. JR’s wife Melody and their dog Griffin will occasionally run with him, including at some of the Sunday Club runs.

Presently, JR is recovering from a stress fracture, so his running is temporarily curtailed. He is keeping fit by walking Griffin and chasing his three cats around the house. I’m sure it won’t be long before he is once again out on the roads setting new PRs.

Congratulations to JR Bishop for winning the 2010 HARRC Male Runner of the Year Award!