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Member profile

A special spontaneous mid week version of the member profile today.


BRC’s Grainne Hallahan is sadly moving away.


She is only moving up the A12 and we will no doubt see her at cross country.

From all of us here at BRC we wish you all the best for the future.

Don’t be a stranger, remember once a BRC member, always a member.


Here is her lovely and poignant profile.


1. Please Briefly introduce yourself.

I’m Grainne Hallahan and I’ve been a member of Brentwood Run Club since October 2018!

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

I’m doing the Brainathlon and running 15 miles over the week. And I’m also very excited about the return of Parkrun!

3. What does running mean to you?

I never even liked running! I would always joke that I would only run if I was being chased.

But, my friend Gemma was training for the marathon, so I went along to a Parkrun to run it with her for solidarity, and I just got the running bug too.

I swapped gym classes for running outdoors and just totally fell in love with the simplicity of being able to run outdoors, in the fresh air, and it felt amazing.

I loved being able to join Gemma for Parkruns, and she inspired me to keep running.

Sadly Gemma passed away in December 2018 from a brain tumour. I feel as if by continuing my running,

I’m keeping a special part of our friendship with me.

4. What is your best BRC memory?

My first cross country! It was a brilliant experience and I loved feeling part of a team and enjoyed the competitive part of it too.

5. Proudest running moment?

Getting my Brentwood Parkrun PB thanks to Vicky pacing me 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 she was an absolute star and it felt amazing.

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

I wish I could say something really philosophical- but the best advice I’ve ever had is from Vicky and it was to imagine you’re pulling a rope to help you up the hills! It sounds silly but it works!

Once again, we wish you all the best for you and your family in the future and hope to see you again soon.



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