History of Crewkerne Running Club 1980 to 1984


The folder has been produced with the help of photographs and details supplied by various club members . The first few years write up has been produced from notes made by the first club captain (Chris Wills)  found by Martin Cook in the handicap book .


The club was first formed by Bob Parsonson in the summer of 1984 . The first meeting to form the club was held in the Speedwell club in July . At this meeting it was decided to meet at Henhayes car park on Sundays & Wednesdays . For the next 3 months the club met informally with members who could only run 1 mile gradually improving with the help & encouragement of Big Bob and Chris Wills .

August First event entered by club was the Milborne Port 10 . The club picked up its first awards , Anne Wills came 2nd lady  , Roy Smart 1st veteran & Bob Parsonson 2nd vet .

September       Spurred on my Augusts' successes club members were seen constantly pounding the roads around Hewish and Wayford . This was to be a busy month of events . Only one of these events is still going .

Hambridge Marathon & 8 mile race   Good turn out of runners from club on a hot day  , Big Bob tackles the Marathon but stops after the first 8 to save himself for the forthcoming Gloucester  and Michelle Rawlings picks up a prize .

Chard 10Km   It seems that this event was held in September from Chris' notes it was held on New Years day for several years after this date . Paul Wills (aged 8) picked up an award for completing the 6.2 miles (not allowed now) and Sue Saunders wins a ladies trophy .

South Petherton Carnival Run   On the same weekend as the Chard run Liz Harris is 1st Lady vet , Pat Tanswell is 2nd and Bill Adams is 4th .

Burnham on Sea Half Marathon  The first major event and the longest event to date for several of club . This was my 2nd Half after completing the Portland event the previous week . My only recollection of this event is really struggling and feeling sick with the taste of the salty sea air as we approach the finish . The field in this event was very good with our best runner (probably Pat Tanswell) only coming in 50th .So it was a great surprise when at the presentation that Anne Wills was declared 1st Lady vet she actually got her hands on the trophy only to be told that there had been an error and in fact she had been placed 1st instead of 601st !

September 20  The first A.G.M. to officially form the club . Running club colours will be red & to be affiliated to A.A.A.s (£3.00 only) , membership was set at £1.00 October  Runs at Ilchester, Sherborne & Yeovil were completed this month with Paul Doble narrowly missing a trophy at Ichester and Helen Gale winning a ladies veterans prise at Yeovil .

November   Not many events in this month so Sundays were spend around the lanes of Crewkerne .

December   The first club handicap took part in the First week of this month . Won by Derek Boles , Roy Smart 2nd and Glynnis Watt 3rd . 25 people took part with a finishing spread of 9 minutes . Handicaps were set by Chris wills .  The final event of the year was the West Bay to Beaminster run (held just after Christmas) this was a good run to blow away the excesses of Christmas . Glyniss Watt retained her 1st lady vets prize.