The 12 Dave’s Of Christmas #4 – Dave Anderson

Dave #4 already and we hope you are enjoying the festive fun. In the build up to the big day, we are celebrating everything that is DAVE in our 12 Dave’s of Christmas. Today we have managed to get a few words from our ‘very shy and retiring’ TBH Head Coach .. Mr Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson

I’ll start in the eighties when I played a lot of football. I was pretty fit, but getting on in age so I thought I’d pack it in. So I got a bit chubby instead!

So onto 1990 and I had a few mates who ran for a club and they persuaded me to go down, and like everyone, I thought they were all fantastic runners. But, instead, found that I could run with them and I was hooked.

My first run for the club was the Redcar Half, which I managed in a respectable 1hr 27mins and felt I could go on from there to bigger and better things.

Many races later, taking in 6 stage/12 stage relays, vets champs(gold medal) 34mins, 10k 76mins, 1/2marathon, many NE/Northern/National x country champs and a 100mile world record with 9 other guys. I am very proud of my achievements.

But now I move on to another chapter in my running life with Tyne Bridge Harriers, where there are some very, very good runners. More importantly, I am now coaching people who want to learn to run, and from that onto racing and gaining pb’s they never thought that they would achieve.

I just hope that some of the runners at this great club of ours can go onto enjoy their running as much as I do.

Dave Anderson

Tune in tomorrow for Dave 5 :-)

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    • Paul Hilton on 17th December 2011 at 09:40
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    I remember watching Dave Anderson at the Tynedale 10k in 2000 when he ran 34min for 10k as V40 he came 2nd in category. Its great that we have coaches at the club that can pass on the training tips to us that took them to National level standard.

    • kenny mac on 17th December 2011 at 10:45
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    Great guy, very supportive. At the track every Saturday in all weathers coaching and passing on his experience.

    • double d on 17th December 2011 at 17:43
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    I’d always held Dave in the highest esteem, as both a runner and a coach, but having become a ‘coach’ myself this year, and discovering the amount of time and effort that goes into organising sessions, my admiration for him has increased even further. Myself, and a lot of current Tyne Bridgers, owe a great deal to Dave for helping us development into the runners we are.

    • deka on 17th December 2011 at 18:47
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    when joining a running club for the first time with club captain paul hilton it seamed like a really hard thing to do but once i spoke with dave about running and racing it all became clear a true legend of TBH

    • on 17th December 2011 at 21:07
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    A superb and inspiring coach on club training nights and at the track. brilliant sense of humour. honest, true and dedicated to the sport & the club. Thanks for all your hard work in 2011 Dave. Top bloke !!

    • Chris Thompson on 19th December 2011 at 15:23
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    Top Man

    • Denise on 19th December 2011 at 15:41
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    A fantastic coach – the font of all running knowledge!

    • Brother Louis on 22nd December 2011 at 17:08
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    Top bloke and great coach. I was pretty nervous when I went down for my first track session, but the nerves quickly went. Loves those session, just wish I could get across more.

    Proper charmer too, as my girlfriend will testify!

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