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Member profile - Phil Olsen

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).


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