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Chair Chat – June 2005

 The Club seems to grow every week with new faces arriving. We have signed on our 200th member this month but what always surprises me is the high turnover of members some join and leave soon after, some come for just a couple of sessions and disappear.

 Why?  What can we do to reduce this turnover?  If you have any ideas please let me know or any member of the committee. 

There has been some excellent representation at the races nominated for the Clubs “Race of Eight”, 57 at Frenchay, 53 at Keynsham, 40 will travel to Poole, this is excellent.

 After each race where there is a high turnout from the Club there is a significant rise in the number of hits on our website. We obviously create the right impression. 

This summer Bristol City Council and the Bristol Half Marathon organising teams, are arranging a number of seminars at local clubs, the first is on 22nd June at Redland home of GWR (see article in the mag).

  We have offered to host one of these events during July/August. We are hoping to see Eamon martin or Steve Cram.  Announcements will be made when we have a date. 

Our 1st 5K of the series was well attended with about a 20% increase on numbers.  22nd June is the next race, try to make it along to run, or just help. 

The increased interest in running is catching a lot of us out, gone are the days when you could guarantee an entry on the day.  Many races are full long before race day, the advice is to enter early. 

Next year sees the Clubs 20th Anniversary to celebrate this milestone we are planning to hold a number of events one of which is planned for 22 July 2006.  There will be 2 bands playing music to suit all tastes, BBQ etc all taking place in a Marquee on the football pitch.  Make a note in your diaries. 

17th July this year is the Dyrham Park day of running.

There will be junior races varying distances dependent on age, 1K, 2,K 3K and 5 mile MT  for the seniors.

14 Marshal’s are also required to make this event a success.  Get your entries in now. 

Two other dates for this year are the AGM 22nd September and Christmas Party on the 23rd December.

 Please support your club at all these events.

 The Club has appointed a Welfare Officer, Nick Kane. 

Nick’s role will be to offer confidential advice or help on any running or club related matter.

 The post is not a committee post as it is important to ensure Nick can offer impartial and confidential advice.

 Any dialogue with Nick will not be shared with the committee unless you specifically agree to share the issue.