Brian Burdon

Profiles - Members

Over time, we’re going to introduce our members by way of a series of questions we’ve put to them; they’ve kindly agreed to let us publish their answers. On this occasion, it’s the turn of Brian Burdon

How long have you been a member:

Over 15 years

Why did you start:

I used to “just do” the Great North run, a kind of turn up on the day and just take my time to get round type of run but my wife (girlfriend then) started telling me I needed to start and do some proper training – “ you are getting older you know “Started going to Eastbourne gym treadmill and got talking to Ronnie Read who was injured at the time and on the next treadmill. He suggested joining the harriers to get the cheaper entry to the gym and so here I am 15 years later, still a member.

Favourite type of running (Road, XC, T&F, Fell etc):

Trail runs such as the muddy roads series.

Best event you’ve taken part in (and why):

London Marathon 2005, my first at that distance, done as a challenge to myself for my 50th birthday.

Event you’re looking forward to (and why):

Getting back into parkruns and some trail races.

What’s on your headphones while you train:

I have only used headphones for long marathon training runs to ease the boredom and help make the miles go quicker but I have a mix of blues, rock pop and classical.

Favourite training session (and why):

Before lockdown it was the Wednesday evening Connie road crew session organised by Sarah Tomlinson. It’s a 15 minute out and 15 minute back run off up to 5 miles where we all start together but run at your own pace.

Do you take your trainers on holiday? If yes, where is the best place you’ve trained/ran?:

Yes, Crete.

Pre race food & drink of choice:

Nothing in particular, banana maybe.

Post race food & drink of choice:

Again, nothing in particular, coffee and some cake.

Favourite place to run:

Trails, along rivers, through woods.

Best Club related memory:

There are so many memories of people from the club at races etc that I find it difficult to pick out one as a favourite.

If you could go for a long chatty run with anyone, who would it be and why:

Dave Weston, He was a member but deceased now and we used to have a regular Sunday morning run from the Baydale beck round the river of about 7 miles.

Describe our club in three words:

Friendly. Competitive. Supportive