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President's profile             1

Your President for 2016-17…
Bill Foster

I was born in Leeds in 1958   Coles was our best cross         ran a reasonable 10 miles time
and my parents owned          country runner at that time      of 50.01 in the Chas Kendal
a dairy farm at Weeton,       and I heard quite a lot about    road race.
a small village near          Blackheath Harriers from
Harrogate in Yorkshire.       him.                             In September 1979, after
I’m an identical twin and                                      finishing at Newcastle, I
have an older sister and a    In 1979, my last year at         started a job at the Milk
younger sister. My brother    University, I became more        Marketing Board Head
and I had a very active       serious about my athletics and   Office at Thames Ditton in
childhood on the farm         shared a flat in Gateshead       Surrey. Running was now
and also at school, playing   with Kevin Forster (who          an important part in my life
many sports including         went on to run a 2.10            and it was Richard Coles
rugby, hockey and cricket.    Marathon and finish 2nd in       who persuaded me that
I always enjoyed running      London). I was the Newcastle     Blackheath was the ideal club
in school competitions,       University Athletics’ Club       for an 800/1500 runner like
although we didn’t train      captain and finished second      me – at that time the club was
very hard as other sports     at 1500m in the Universities’    in Division 5 of the British
were the main priority.       Championships. It was a          League.
My best time was 4.11 for     good time to be a runner
1500m when I was 16 years     in the North East with so        Blackheath gained promotion
old.                          many fantastic athletes          every year for the next four
                              around, including Brendan        years to join Division 1 and
In 1976 I went to Newcastle   Foster, Mike McLeod and a        it was a great time for the
University to study           promising young Steve Cram.      club! We had a fantastic
Agriculture and joined        My 1500m PB improved from        team atmosphere – the track
the Cross Country and         4.01 to 3.49 in 1979 and I also  athletes supported the field
Athletics Club. We had a
strong squad at Newcastle     Bill running in the 1994 European Championships in Helsinki
and often challenged the
bigger Universities. Richard
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