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amazes me how much is done law Chanese has run the Rome Dave McKinlay
by so few at Harriers. We Marathon and granddaughters David joined Bromley Athletics
need more helpers especially Isla, and Heath attend the Club as one of its irst male
younger ones. Great this year Bees Academy. My eldest members at the age of 14 and
that Deniz Mehmed and my Grandson Joshua regularly continued his association
son Gareth have initiated wins the sprint races at with the club after it merged
BBQs every 4th Wednesday, his school sports. Sheila with Blackheath Harriers. A
and Tim Ayres does a fantastic is in charge of the club kit predominantly middle distance
job in coaching on Wednesday and assists me with the runner, David has represented
nights. I appreciate that organization of the Parris Blackheath and Bromley
volunteering requires time and Handicap. Harriers AC at local, regional
effort but if anyone wants to and national events for over ten
volunteer I don’t see why there Finally would you describe years, being a regular member
shouldn’t be a place for them. you mission as one of of the cross-country and road
Mind you... at a recent track reconciliation? relay teams in the winter, and
People drop out of the club
meeting we had more people in the Southern and British
turning up than we had jobs for various reasons, personal League track teams in the
for, but they came anyway. to themselves. Anyone who summer. As a senior man, he
has left us in recent years has
You’ve already given the club been visited by me and most has medalled in the 800m and
an idea of your visions for the have come back. Some left 1500m at the Kent indoor and
coming year but in the drive for lifestyle reasons but others outdoor championships and
for athletic excellence is there such as Dave King and Mark represented Kent twice in the
a danger of the club becoming Skelly have come back when 1500m, winning the Senior
elitist? their particular concerns were Inter Counties match in 2008.
Blackheath Harriers is a great resolved. Also we are looking He has also made the inal of
athletics club but we are a to interest complete outsiders the South of England Track
success because although into joining the club... that’s and Field Championships in the
we are a centre of athletic why I got you to produce the 800m. An occasional Bennett
excellence we also encourage lyer. From this we are getting Cup runner, he has previously
athletes of all abilities. At runners in the parkruns won the club 5 mile and the
our recent marathon supper interested in the club including club 800m Championships,
our guests from Orpington a chap who has gone on to win albeit when no-one else was
Road Runners expressed their the recent Ted Pepper race. around. David was Team
surprise at how inclusive we WO. Dick, this has been a Manager for the Southern
were. most interesting evening and Mens Track and Field team in
The family are healthily thank you for sparing the time 2007 but stood down after one
involved in the club. Does to take part in this interview. season after being regularly
this promise many future Wilf Orton/Dick Grifin selected for the British League
generations of Griffin harriers? which at that point ran on the
The future of the Grifins is same dates. Over the past three
bright, Gareth has run over years he has co-managed the
30 marathons, my daughter in Senior Men’s Cross-Country
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