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At this moment in time we are a little bit in limbo.


As soon as we know, we will let YOU all know.


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Today is our first ever joint profile.


long-standing BRC members, lovers of fancy dress and former social secretaries.


Baz and Bridget Goldstone


1. Please Briefly introduce yourself.


Baz & Bridget Goldstone ( I’m also known as “ The Dancing Queen “ ( Brian Harding will happily tell the story behind this one 😉).

We’ve been members of TGT ( now BRC ) since 1996 and for many years we were the Social Secretaries for the Club . In those days the club was much smaller and we were like one big family . It’s a credit that all these years later BRC is still a very friendly club welcoming people of all ages , size and abilities

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

We both completed the Lands End to John Ogroats Virtual Run to keep us running through last years lockdown ( 874 miles ) and because of restrictions have no planned events of our own .

However for the last 5 years we have been heavily involved with Suffolk County Council as lead coaches for the Outreach Programne which encourages inactive people of all ages to build exercise into their daily activities ....

many of previous years participants have been chronically obese or have had major health issues such as cancer or mental health issues . Subject to expected relaxation of covid restrictions we are both really excited to be leading the new programne starting in May and we will be taking 40 inactive people from couch to completing the Great East Run Half Marathon in September !

It’s just fabulous to see them turn their lives around.

3. What does running mean to you?

Running is a huge part of our lives; it keeps us fit and healthy , and helps us cope with the stress of lockdown ( in particular Bridget has had to shield through all the lockdowns because of her kidney transplant ).

Whilst our running is slower these days we are both proud to still be out there running and there is nothing we enjoy more than coaching beginners to start their running journey .... not only do we see them get physically fitter the biggest difference is seeing how their mental health improves and they emerge happier and more confident

We wouldn’t have all the fantastic friends we have if we didn’t run .... such a brilliant community where everyone supports everyone

4. What is your best BRC memory?

Oh we have so many ... we’ve had some great holidays abroad often running in 2 or 3 events .

Another great memory was a group of us running the Great South Run 10 miler dressed as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs complete with boots and beards .

There were a few St Trinian girls too !

5. Proudest running moment?

For Bridget -

It has to be representing GB at the World Transplant Games on three different occasions and coming home with a gold , silver and Bronze medal.

For Baz -

I had been a football referee for many years so just running short distances so without a doubt my proudest running moments are those first ones that I started longer distances.

Because this is how Bridget and I became an item !

6. Best bit of running advice you could give or have been given.

The biggest thing stopping most people running is their own mind.

We have all been beginners and experienced those anxieties but managed to push through them.

Our biggest piece of advise would be to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

Oh and to always have a SMILE on your face. It’s hard not to have fun and enjoy yourself if you are smiling 😊

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1. Please Briefly introduce yourself.

Brian Harding – runner and Club Chairman

Introduction.

I joined Thrift Green Trotters over 20 years ago.

I played Saturday afternoon football for years and eventually the time came to “hang up my boots.” To keep fit I took up running and was a regular at the Late Entrants Desk at events all over Essex.

It was during a TGT 10K at Herongate that I received the full TGT PR treatment from a cyclist whilst suffering up Botany Hill.

I cannot repeat what I told him to do and never did identify the culprit!

Anyway, sometime later I duly arrived at TGT Headquarters in Brentwood School.

They were the friendliest and most supportive group of people you could wish to go running with.

They got me through 3 London Marathons and 2 New York Marathons plus numerous races over the years.

The generation has changed now as well as the club name but the ethos of the club and the people who give up their time to help others has remained the same.

They are Brilliant!

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

Don’t have any events lined up but may be available for BRC Team Z should Essex Way 2021 happen.

  1. What does running mean to you?Running was and is a means of keeping fit and controlling weight these days rather than seeking PB’s. I miss the motivation of getting ready on a Wednesday BRC Club Night and going to the Brentwood Centre whatever the weather to see friends and join the Groups. Something I trust we shall be doing again in a few months.

  2. What is your best BRC memory?

There are so many given my time at the Club. Personally - my first London Marathon even though I hit “the wall” at 20 miles.

That experience meant I was better prepared for later marathons by always running 26.2 miles in training. Experts say no but for me it was good for my mindset.

BRC memories go beyond just running to the many highlights the club has contributed to on an international stage.

The London Olympics 2012 could not have happened without this clubs support as “Gamesmakers!”

Likewise our annual contribution to the London Marathon and Ride London Cycle Event.

Everyone can and has enjoyed our Christmas Parties; Summer Balls; Overseas trips etc. plus the long term friendships forged over time.

Vijay, a class runner who pre-dated me at TGT and passed away in January 2021, remained one of my closest friends even though he returned to Mauritius some years ago after a long career in the NHS.

  1. What is your proudest running moment?

Thinking about it, I believe it is yet to come.

I have long believed that this community based club and the Brentwood Half Marathon were made for each other.

In 2022 BRC is going to be a main player alongside Brentwood Rotary in staging one of the biggest road races in Essex.

Ask me again after 20 March 2022 and I trust BRC will meet the challenge and we can all be proud of the club’s achievement.

  1. Best bit of running advice you could give or have been given?

Ensure Rest and Recovery forms part of every running week.


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