It’s almost Christmas !! .. and we continue the countdown with one of TBH’s respected club athletes who is more than proud to wear the Black N White TBH Vest (as long as there is a little bit of red in it).. Mr ‘Dave’ MurrayI know I’m not a Dave but my brother is so I suppose that half qualifies me!
I was your proverbial coach potato until January 1987. I had given up smoking the previous October after twenty odd years and thought I was fit, ha ha. My youngest son was then running for Wallsend and I attended his training sessions. The senior sprinters and Lisa Walker persuaded me to try running and my first run was 1 lap of the route from Wallsend Sports centre taking in Appletree Drive, Benfield road etc. Roughly 5k in a very impressive 39 minutes with lots of stops along the way.
So I decided that I wasn’t fit and was determined to put that right. I joined the club and within weeks I had the running bug. My first race was the Berwick Walls 10k in 47 minutes including 5 times up the hill from the river to the walls behind the railway station. I was hooked well and truly and gradually improved my times. My best performances were
Blaydon 1997, 91st in 33:35
Great Scottish Run 1997 – 123 in 1:18:23 (over 15,000 in this race)
Wallsend Club champs 1998 10k in 35:34 (This being twice around the route of my first ever run) member of winning vets team at NE road relays champs 1999
I have raced many times over the years with plenty of performances of which I am proud and some less so but, taking into account some of the medical problems I’ve had over the years and the fact that I am now 60 years young, then I’m not dong too bad for an old un!
I decided towards the end of 2010 that I needed a new challenge to re-motivate me and after much deliberation (those who know me know what I mean) decided to join Tyne Bridge Harriers. I have many friends there, some new and some not so new and the spirit within the club is obvious to all who attend the weekly sessions.
I am now enjoying my running again (35 to 40 miles per week) but really need to be more positive about this and my goal for the new year is to enter more races that I have done of late.