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This weeks profile spotlight falls upon the bundle of energy that is Dan Jaycock.


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1. Please introduce yourself.


Hi everyone, my name is Daniel Jaycock.

46 going on 15. My journey into running has really only just started. I was introduced into the club through the lovely Paul Baily. We often met at park run and suggested I join. By this point I’d been “dipping my toe” into the world of Exercise. Having mastered the art of boozing I felt there were other avenues to explore.....


I remember meeting at the Brentwood Center for the first time back in 2019. Every one was very welcoming and I soon settled in. It was so interesting, listening to the stories of races run and up and coming events. It was around this time that Craig Brewster was part way through his 52 marathons in a year. This just blew my mind!!

It opened my eyes to the variety of goals you can set yourself in this running malarkey,, I was hooked.


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


so I have my first marathon booked in October (Chelmsford) really looking forward to it as I’m desperate to get my first one under my belt. Also doing the Chelmsford half along with the Essex cross country 10k series.


3. What does running mean to you?


I guess running means lots of things, I really enjoy the feeling of pushing my body and the high you get after. I love the fact that so many more people are having a go, I just love to see runners, joggers, shufflers, any one who has put their trainers on and got out, just brings a smile to my face.


4. What is your best BRC moment?


One of my best memories would probably be completing the Bentley 15. A tough race, which pushed me. So much fun.


5. Proudest running moment?


I’ve run the Brentwood half twice now 2019/20. With the help of all those at the club and especially the group A peeps, I managed to take my time from 1:50 to 1:27.


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


I’d definitely say to anyone considering running, just do it. Don’t worry. Don’t think. Just pop one foot in front of the other, and before you know it you’ll be hooked.

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Extra special BRC members profile today.


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Today is long standing club member Jackie Dodwell’s (Woodroffe) birthday.




We couldn’t not celebrate her birthday and her as a person by highlighting her in a member profile.


Happy birthday Jackie

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1. Please Briefly introduce yourself.


My name is Jackie Dodwell ( previously Woodroffe!) I was lucky enough to get married last September.


I joined TGT in October 2004 after a friend at work suggested . I started running at age 25 but didn’t join a club until I was in my 40s


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


I don’t have any events coming up but I’m enjoying being out running and cycling in the fresh air. I’m really enjoy running off road as long as I stay upright. I’m known for taking a few tumbles😥


3. What does running mean to you?


Running keeps me sane. It has got me through the break up of my first marriage and the death of my partner Malcolm. It always makes me feel better. I’m not the fastest but that doesn’t matter .


4. What is your best BRC memory?


There are so many. I have loved being part of the team who work on the water station at the London Marathon: marshalling at club events. Bring part of the ladies cross country team and not forgetting the Christmas Parties and Hash runs


5. Proudest running moment?


Completing 2 marathons ( Paris & Barcelona) I never thought I could do it.


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


Always go back for the last runner because they are working the hardest.


Happy birthday Jackie.


If you have anyone who you think should be a member profile. Please get in touch.

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This week it is none other than.......


Lynsey “the destroyer of hills” Prentice


1. Please Briefly introduce yourself.


Hello all; my name is Lynsey and I joined the Trotters in early 2014.

I usually run in C or D groups (although I do recall getting to B one or two Wednesday nights and suffering for days!)


I have also been serving on the committee since about 2017 and as one of the two 'Social Sisters' (alongside Vicki) who have been organising social events / Christmas parties / award evenings and quiz nights for you and your other halves to attend.

We obviously missed them in 2020, but hoping that restrictions ease for us to bring back the good BRC knees ups!


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


None. If I am honest, I am not very good at races, I prefer the social training runs. BUT I can be found at lots of races on the side line supporting the Green BRC Army and usually wearing a yellow marshal vest!

I am the club's chief marshal, so it's my job to make sure the events run smoothly with regard to marshal's lining the route for obvious runner direction and safety, but also for all those well-deserved cheers and encouragement!


3. What does running mean to you?


I began running when my mum persuaded me to join, telling me I was 'not bad at it at school'... and so I did. When my mum was ill, and then when we lost her, running was my saviour. I obviously had amazing family and friends for the cuddles and the tears, but I had running to help me clear my head, and keep me sane in and in control. It has also meant I have been able to run two London marathons, Brentwood Half Marathon's, and many Royal Park Half Marathons in memory of my lovely mum and as an amazing way to raise funds in excess of £25k for charities who helped us so much - the Royal Marsden and of course, The St Francis Hospice.


4. What is your best BRC memory?


Mmmm so many, could it be Sunday morning training runs with (little) Steve and Alexa and getting lost in the Navestock countryside, could it be the Sunday morning marathon training run with Phil Olsen dressed as a chef for his World Record attempt? It could be trying to act so cool in front of (my now other half) Jar as we ran up the Ongar Road and crashing into a parked van's wing mirror (hard enough to cut my knuckle but styling it out!), could it be seeing Ken Bench outlasting all the other runners on the Christmas party dance floor, the belly laughs at the Royal Parks half with Jo Day and her famous bra. The after training beers in the café with Chris and Marc, the after marathon training Guinness breakfasts with the Steve's and Andy, could it be being up the ladder with a megaphone at the water station at the London Marathon as the designated 'Trotter Spotter' annoying everyone with 'give us a wave Dave' or maybe scrubbing the Thorndon toilets after the BRC cross country...!

So many treasured memories and smiles - thank you BRC!


5. Proudest running moment?


Crossing the line of my first London Marathon sub 4 hours (only just and mainly because Andy had caught me up and dragged me across the line) but that feeling on that medal around my neck that I'd earned, that I'd done it - after months of hard graft training I'd done it... I was blistered and sore but I'd done it and all in memory of my mum.


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


Definitely do what you enjoy, if that’s the social training runs, make sure you do plenty of those, if that’s the crazy ultra's then give them a go... just never stop enjoying it - cos when you do, that’s time to take up darts!


Remember why you run, and appreciate that you can run... run for those who can't but would love to and inspire those non-runners to start running... run hard, but run happy!


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