This week our spot light falls ipon regular group leader and pale run aficionado Phil Olsen.

1. Please introduce yourself.

I'm Phil Olson, currently taking Group B.

I joined TGT/BRC around 2003, I was one of those that thought that everyone at a running club was almost at elite level so it took a while to be persuaded to try the club out. I had already run the London Marathon a few times, but training with the club made it so much easier.

2. What events, if any do you have coming up?

No events entered, but probably some of you know I do the odd parkrun here and there. I'm not the furthest travelled nor have I done the most number of parkruns in the club but I might have done the most venues, currently at 112.

  1. What does running mean to you?

Running takes me to all sorts of different places physically and mentally, so for me I find it relaxing .😁

4. What is your best BRC memory?

Best BRC memory has to be running past our drink station at the London Marathon and being deafened by all the cheers. I always wonder what the other runners think!

5 . What is your proudest running moment?

Proudest running moment is split over quite a few years. I remember my daughter running around the living room while the marathon was on the TV when she was about 3 years old saying I've run a marathon, jump forward to 2019 and there she is finishing in a time quicker than most of mine.

  1. What’s the best running advice you could give, or have been given?

Just enjoy running, sometimes it's nice to be competitive , but it's also great to chat and listen to the birdsong.

P.s. I did set a Guinness World record a few years back which was great fun (fastest marathon runner dressed as a chef).



The (former) monthly newsletter for the Brentwood Running Club (BRC)

May 2021

Resumption of Full Groups

The next destination on the Government’s roadmap from Monday 17 May means that the club can now go to full groups, and for the first time since early March last year can meet together at the Brentwood Centre on a Wednesday evening, tomorrow (19 May) at 7:30 pm

Caution is still very much the watchword, as it is nationally for all activities, and tomorrow’s next step, will operate under the following conditions:

1.Groups – see below for which groups are running, but for the first time there is no limit of 6, and therefore no need to pre-book a slot, although this will vary from group to group. It would be still helpful to the Group Leader to let them know in advance if you are running, but you can turn up on the night and run

2.Paid membership – we are still required to provide a Covid-secure environment, and therefore for the benefit of Group leaders and insurance purposes, it remains club policy for the time being that only paid members of the club can run with the club. That will include anyone who paid last year (20/21) and/or anyone who has paid this year (21/22), but see membership section below. It means that we cannot operate our usual policy of letting non-members run with the club for a trial period of 2-3 weeks

Payment accepted up to the start of the runs tomorrow night, or indeed any night you wish to run

3.Risk assessment waivers – any member wishing to run needs to have signed the ‘acceptance’ shown below. Copies will be available on club night for anyone who has yet to do so

4.Brentwood Centre – for the time being we are meeting outside, but club members do have limited access to the Centre (now run by the Council), so if you need the facilities, just ask

5.Hygiene – please bring mask and sanitiser to use where appropriate

Groups operating

All groups will run from the Brentwood Centre at 7:30, unless otherwise stated:

A Group – Leader - Terry Allen, at better than 7 min mile pace. Meeting at 7pm at King George’s (Rugby Club car park). Please text Terry if you wish to run, so that he will know to wait for you

B Group – Leader - Ben Whateley-Harris, at 7:30 to 8:15 pace

C/D Group – Leader – James MacNish Porter (for this week), at 8:15 to 9:00 pace. Meeting at 7pm in BC car park by the big Brentwood Town FC sign on the path to the BC entrance. Please pre-book with James if you wish to run

E Group – Leader - Paul James, at about 10:00 pace. This group will run from the BC at 8pm, for this week

Slow Group – for this week, Brian Harding will be taking out a slow group from the BC at 7:30 if there is sufficient demand

Run details will vary from week to week, so you will need to check with the Group Leader

Risk assessment waivers

Please send the acceptance email set out below to Ken Bench at stating your normal group or leader

Acceptance email as follows: I ________ (runner) have read the covid-19 stage 2 information pack and agree to abide by the guidance within it under the supervision of the group leader/committee member. I _________ also agree to pre-book any organisedgroup sessions, to be in good health (covid symptom free or any other illness) and/or not shielding a person at risk of covid under GP guidance within the same household. I understand I must maintain social distancing with any runner or member of the public at all times. (FULL name of runner and date)

Waivers will be available to sign on the night

BRC Membership 2021/22

Membership payments were due on 1 March so please pay as soon as possible if you have not already done so. England Athletics have extended the affiliation period for last year through to August 2021, but for the benefit of our records (and club finances!) I would be grateful if anyone who has not renewed for 21/22 could do so before the end of June. The following rates are at a bargain low this year:

Full member renewal-£20

Second claim renewal-£5

New member​​​-£30

New second claim​​-£15


Fee payment

Our preferred method of payment, and by far the most practical in current circumstances, is:

By Bank Transfer – to the Club’s Santander account. Remember to ensure that the transfer contains your full name so that it can be identified

Account Number 73777309​​Sort Code 09-01-51

Please note that anyone who joined from August 2020 onwards, and there are a few of you, does not need to renew as their membership is valid until the end of February 2022. If anyone does not wish to renew can they please let me know so that I can amend our database

Steve Birkett(​​​​​18 May 2021


Member profile


This weeks spotlight falls upon Jessica Lindsay Wicks

1. Please introduce yourself.

Hi, I’m Jessica I am a 42 Mum and Nanny I joined the club in back in 2011.

2. What events, if any do you have coming up?

I don’t have any running events currently. However I am walking the Brecon Beacons in September.

3. What does running mean to you?

Running means so much to me.

It has helped me in so many ways with my mental health.

4. What is your best BRC moment?

I have got a lot of good memories from doing the water station at the London marathon.

The club’s Xmas parties have a always been so much fun.

I have also always enjoyed just sitting having a chat and cupper after a Wednesday night run.

5. What is your proudest running moment?

I’m proud of all my running events.

But my biggest would be my 50miler in 2019; I loved every minute of it.

My most favourite Marathon has got to be Beachy head. Its just had fun all the way.

6. Best bit of running advice you can give or have been five ?

Best bit of advice I can give is to just enjoy your self.

And listen to your body.



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