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the club) at Norman Park        Marathon. As a teacher, I      covering every distance from
primarily to get faster for     am hoping to encourage a       1 mile to marathons and the
Rugby and Football.             few younger athletes to join   Surrey League cross country.
                                the club, so that they can
“Realising the enjoyment        get the same enjoyment and     “From 2006 to 2009 I
that athletics gave me, I       fulfilment as I have over the  continued running with
competed from Under             past 17 years.”                friends but without much
13 up to Junior level, at a                                    focus until one Wednesday
distances ranging from 100m     Marion (Maz) Turner            night, when I was collecting
up to 1500m. I went to the      Maz started running in         John, Colin Brand spoke to
University of Bath to study     July 1983 and followed a       me about joining Blackheath
Coach Education and Sports      beginner’s schedule for        Harriers to compete in the
Development, and with           10miles. Her first race was    Kent Masters track league. I
a more intensive training       the Rochester 5 in November    laughed and told him I had
schedule, started to take       1983. After that she ran       no track experience. He told
huge chunks off my personal     in several road races up       me that the club needed a 60
bests, focusing mainly on       to half marathons as an        year old woman to take part
the 400m.” Unfortunately, a     unattached runner. John        just to get the extra points
broken leg sustained whilst     was a Blackheath Harrier       so I agreed. At that point
playing American football,      (a men only club then) and     I thought it would mean
allied with a shift to a less   she was persuaded finally to   just one track race at each
productive lifestyle, meant     join Bromley Ladies in 1985.   meeting. Little did I know
that he struggled to regain     She ran her first marathon     that I would be racing over
the form he had been in pre-    in London in 1986. Since       all distances from 100m to
injury. It was one summer at    then she has completed 14      3k, taking part in triple and
home during his studies that    marathons including several    long jump and even stepping
he started assisting John with  Londons, 2 Paris, Boston,      in to do hammer, discus and
coaching at the club and at     Nottingham and Harrow.         shot. My first league meeting
the track.                      “Unfortunately Bromley         was in June 2010 shortly after
                                Ladies had no clubhouse for    my 60th birthday and I’ve
“This continued after my        the road runners so in 1988 I  enjoyed every match.
graduation in 2009, and when    joined Dulwich Park Runners
John left to return to Ireland  and was a member there until   “I have been the team
in 2012, I chose to take on     2006. I competed in hundreds   manager for the Women’s
his group permanently. Since    of road races with them        Kent Masters League since
then I have continued to                                       2013 and am pleased to say
coach ‘track sessions on the                                   that we have continued to get
road’ on a Wednesday night,                                    to the Southern Vet finals.
and have represented the club                                  This year I have joined forces
in the Southern Athletics                                      with John to manage both
League in every event bar                                      the men’s and women’s team
110m Hurdles, various cross                                    and hope this will continue
country events and have even                                   as a successful management
staggered around the London                                    partnership.”
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