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again David and Hannah            found the perfect lofty spot    Terry Shotton were welcome
Cordell provided invaluable       to position the club tent,      spectators as they also
service to the club setting this  affording spectacular views     doubled up taking quality
up in a variety of locations.     over the London skyline         photos (see previous page)
At the Kent Championships         and relatively dry under        and helping Hanna and
Hanna and Dave arrived at         foot. Hanna somehow even        Dave dismantle the tent after
Hythe at 8am in the morning,      managed to keep her chair       proceedings. Great to see past
set up the tent in heavy rain     clean!                          president and former National
(not an easy task), Dave                                          cross country competitor
spent the day officiating the     Despite the weather and         Graham Botley showing
races and Hanna spent the         location of this year’s County  PP Pat Calnan around the
day handing out 10 sets of        Championship many of our        course! Graham’s take on
team numbers and pins and         club’s members made the         the course was interesting as
generally taking charge in the    trek to support our athletes    he commented on how dry
tent. Once all the races were     along with even more keen       under foot it was compared
complete they then dismantle      and willing parents. Great to   to the old days!! Tony ‘the
the now sodden and muddy          see Dick and Sheila Griffin,    Pope’ Pontifex was also
tent, fold away and transport     our Mr and Mrs President all    out on the course blessing
back to the club house, where     over the course, Tim Soutar     and supporting the athletes
they get it all out once again    our Chairman and U20 ladies     along with PP Tim Souter,
and hang it up to dry. They       team manager, Norman            desperate to run himself.
have a very full, long day and    Park track manger and past      Current club president Dick
we genuinely could not do         president Ken Daniel and        Griffin was as usual there
without the Cordells.             as mentioned previously our     enjoying his last few weeks
                                  ever present Hanna and Dave     of presiding over our club.
At Mansfield Dave and             Cordell. At the National Cross  The cakes at the farmers’
Hanna were first up for           County championshpis these      market were also the draw for
breakfast and were already en     and many others provided a      track manager Ken Daniel
route to set up our tent before   particularly strong presence.   although being the athlete
many were even awake. Many                                        he is, he would never admit
thanks once again go to           The Nationals is such a         to that. Mick Jones was all
Hanna and Dave who work           big prestigious event that      over the course cheering all
tirelessly to set up our base at  many club members make          on, as well as making sure
all our athletic events. It was   the difficult journey to get    they had warmed up and had
a great sight seeing our huge     there to watch and support      their electronic chips on!
black tent flanked by BBHAC       our athletes. This year that    Another team manager there
banners on arrival and in a       included track coach Nigel      supporting (as always) was
prime location at the front of    Stickings and track team        Karen and Mark Desborough
a very busy team tent area.       manager Nick Corry and          (Tom’s mum and dad) along
                                  they were both able to drag     with countless other parents,
On Parliament Hill the day        themselves away from the        grandparents and family.
started early for Hanna and       renowned farmers’ market
Dave Cordell (once again)         long enough to watch their                          Paul Austridge
and after surveying the site      off-spring! Mike Peel and
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