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Interview 7
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team with Alex and Richard cross country because he has running, join a team, and
although he is handing this competed in just about every maybe compete a bit”. Since
responsibility over to Andy club event possible – mob that time he has run in the
Raynor for next winter. matches, Kent Leagues, Kent National Cross Country
Alex Gibbins Championships, Southern Championships, the National
Champs and has, as a
6 and 12 Stage Relays, and the
Alex joined the club in 1988 senior man, to date run 12 British League on the track.
and has represented the club consecutive National Cross He even became the club
at virtually every age group Country Champs from 2003, 1,500m champion one year.
and in most competitions from his best inish being 76th in
young athletes up to masters 2011. “Without doubt,” he says “the
across track and cross country. thing I have enjoyed the most is the
During that time he has had His admission to be a self- sense of team spirit and camaraderie
the privilege to race and train confessed jack of all trades within the club. Making friends
with some of the clubs greatest and master of none barely with runners across the spectrum of
ever members. He was a conceals a mastery of a variety talent, from regulars in the Southern
member of John Powell’s long of competitions. He has won League, to country champions and
time undefeated young athletes the club 5, 7½, and 10 mile Olympians. The will to win, to
team of the early 1990’s and XC Trophies and has run 7 ight, and overcome is contagious.
competed in and won the 1992 London Marathons with a “Having taken so much enjoyment
national young athletes inal. personal best time of 2:33:50. from the club, I thought it right to
He was later a member of Pat His best achievement “has put something back and managed
Calnan’s junior team in the to be winning a National Silver the Southern League men’s track
mid 1990’s and was selected Medal at The National XC Relay team for three seasons and more
for 3 European Junior Finals Champs in the 2009/10 season recently the winter team. Becoming
from 1993 to 1995 in Belgium, as a fortunate member of a very a Vice President of this great club
Poland and France. talented four man team which has illed me with a sense of pride
included Andy Rayner, Scott
In his senior years he has been Overall and Mike Skinner.” and duty.”
a long standing member of
Pat’s current British League Even with a coveted marathon In addition to the above
personal best he still has
Team and was selected to ambitions to “crack that 2:30 mention new VPs, the
run for England twice in the barrier” which he hopes will outgoing President has created
Masters British & Irish Cross be at London in 2015 so he two other VPs. They are Jane
Country Internationals. His has no plans to retire from Bradshaw who has been a
other representational roles active athletics just yet! constant member of the ladies
have been for Kent at the senior and vets track and
inter-counties XC Champs Richard Hall cross country teams and has
as both junior and senior and Richard joined the Blackheath managed the senior women.
running in the English School Harriers in August 2000, Also Julie Asher-Smith for
XC Champs multiple times having run the London her support coaching young
for London. This suggests marathon in April that year athletes. Julie is the mother of
that he has a preference for and wanted to “improve my Dina Asher-Smith.
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