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event athletes and vice versa.   Ian Wilson, John Baldwin,         Southern and National level.
We also had a large group        Chris Haines and Graham           One of the highlights was
of supporters, with many         Botley.                           winning the National 12 stage
’Heathens coming along to                                          road relay in 1995, clocking
watch the team. Bob Taylor       The four British league races     one of the fastest times ever
and team manager Andy            were the highlight of the         recorded on the well known
Frankish played a large part     summer track season at that       Sutton Park course.
in the success, a role which     time and I used to run 800m
Pat Calnan has done very         and/or 1500m and often the        By that time I had moved
successfully in more recent      4x400m relay. There were          to Loughborough, having
years.                           no BMC meetings and very          started a new job at Sutton
The knowledge that               few open meetings to take         Bonington with the Milk
experienced athletes pass on     the limelight away from club      Marketing Board. In the
to younger club members is       competition. The BMC do a         1990s I concentrated more
a key factor in the success of   fantastic job and allow people    on longer distances and ran
our sport and many people        the opportunity to run fast       PBs of 29:14 for 10,000m,
at Blackheath gave me good       times but in many ways it is a    63:50 for Half Marathon and
advice in my early years at the  shame that club competition       2:15.49 for the Marathon. I
club, including Richard Coles,   isn’t considered such a high      ran five Marathons for GB,
                                 priority for today’s runners.     including a 2:17 clocking
11th place in the Berlin         The County Championships          at the 1994 European
Marathon with a time of 2hrs     (always Yorkshire for             Championships in Helsinki
15mins                           me!), Southern and AAAs           and a 2:18 run in the 1995
                                 Championships were also           World Cup in Athens.
                                 key races for me, as I felt that  Perhaps Athens was my best
                                 trying to win Championship        ever marathon as I finished
                                 medals was more important         18th and first GB on the
                                 than running fast times.          tough course which runs
                                                                   from the village of Marathon
                                 During the 1980s I gradually      and finishes in the 1896
                                 improved my track times,          Panathinaikon Stadium in
                                 clocking 1:51.1 for 800m (1982)   Athens.
                                 3:44.9 for 1500m (1986) and
                                 13:59 for 5000m (1988).           Although I lived in
                                                                   Loughborough, I was always
                                 During the 1980s                  a loyal Blackheath athlete
                                 Blackheath’s cross country        and competed in league races
                                 and road teams also got           whenever possible. Over the
                                 better and better, directed       years I managed to win club
                                 by club captain Graham            championships at 5000m,
                                 Botley. In 1986 we won the        5 miles cross country, 7½
                                 Southern Cross Country            miles cross country and
                                 Championships and that was        four marathon club titles in
                                 the start of many successful      London.
                                 years for the club at both
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