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club’s Christmas and Burns      combined with the very          the club has introduced
Night dinners.                  undulating nature of Salisbury  so many different types of
Jackie feels proud to be a      military land I was pleased     running and opportunities,
member of BBHAC – her           just to finish at Stonehenge    social events and trips to
only regret is not having       and get the medal.”             some great places, as well as
joined years earlier!                                           dabbling with triathlons. The
                                The following year having       Brussels trips were always
Adrian Stocks                   lost his mother he made         entertaining! The club relies
Adrian was born and bred        a bold decision to run          on volunteers and I couldn’t
in Billericay in Essex and      the London Marathon to          say no when Carolyna asked
spent years playing football    raise some money for the        me to help out with the Will
and doing the odd fun run,      British Lung Foundation.        Bolton Relays organisation.
oft with hangover, and never    He ran half marathons and       A lot of work goes into
really ran seriously. He spent  long distances beforehand,      the day but it is ultimately
a while working in Australia    and started the marathon        rewarding to be a part of
and met some runner types       surrounded by Rhinos and        it and make a contribution
and dabbled with jogging and    fancy dressers then spending    to club life. I was flattered
got the bug just as he was      the race boxed in gave him      when asked if I would join
thinking of hanging up his      a finish time of 4h 12m. “I     the Executive Committee to
boots and, returning to the     was elated to have achieved     be a voice for the Wednesday
UK, work brought him over       the goal but was disappointed   night runners, triathletes
to Bromley.                     not to break the 4 hours so     and road runners and it’s
“A friend then talked me        followed it up at the Halstead  great to be a small part of the
into running a half marathon    Marathon and managed a 3h       development and success of
in 2003 with the Wiltshire      57m. However I was enjoying     such a huge club.”
Wildlife Trust, seeking a       the running and thought I
new challenge I agreed to       could get faster (and I was     Tim Ayres
join in. I began a beginners    right!) so decided to search    Tim joined the club aged 10
training plan jogging around    out a club to keep up the       or 11, encouraged by a friend
the streets and exploring       running. A brief website        from school and following
the area and began to enjoy     search lead me to Blackheath    in the footsteps of my older
longer distance running.        and Bromley, a club with lots   sister, one of the early female
The race was the Neolithic      of things going on, nice West   members of the club. He
Half Marathon and being         Ham claret and blue colours     initially trained with John
the furthest I’d ever run       and a bar sold it to me.”       Robinson (who would have
                                                                a huge impact on my life in
                                “Mike Peel introduced me
                                to some friendly Wednesday
                                night runners and the rest,
                                11 marathons, countless Mob
                                Matches, Parris Handicaps,
                                track races, holidays, currys
                                and booze ups, is, as they
                                say, history. Running with
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