Gasheads Fly Flag In The Bristol Half

October 26, 2005

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A few weeks ago, after many months of training, sore legs and numerious injury problems, a dozen or so Rovers fans made it to the start of the Bristol Half Marathon under the banner of “Running with Rovers”. With the resolve of personal best times or simply to make it to the finish, the runners lined up with the many thousands of hardy souls that make up this major National Event in distance running.

You may remember reading some months ago either on this site or within the match day programme, The Pirate, of my efforts to recruit runners to ‘Run with Rovers’.

With the club announcing there was going to be some development of the Mem, including a new north stand, it was clear that any financial help the supporters could give towards the facilities, however small, would be welcome.

After consulting with the Supporters Club committee, it was agreed we could look to for people amongst our fan base interested in running the Bristol half marathon and along the way help raise some money to go towards a creche within the new build. [image2] As the Bristol Half is all about charity, it was considered innappropriate to be raising money just for the club, so it was decided to raise money on a 50/50 basis, with half going towards the creche and the other half going towards providing sports equipment for local schools.

The interest from prospective runners was fantastic, with nearly 50 Gasheads signing up to run. Sadly, due to a number of circumstances including not being allocated the full number of places applied for and injury while training to some individuals, the final total who took part numbered just over a dozen.

A good number of Gas broke the two hour barrier. Debbie Spencer lead the ladies home 1 hr 59 and Jonathan Wells travelled all the way from Newcastle in the North East to do the same and a make it a personal best time. Other PB’s went to Jon Davey and Yvonne Mockridge whilst Simon Rouse from Yeovil and youngest running Rover Gareth Masters completed the distance for the first time. Jim Staynings, who stood in as Supporters Club Chairman for part of last year, had hoped to run faster than he did, but nonetheless did complete the course and has the medal to prove it.

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Thanks to all those Gasheads who took part, you were a credit to your club. A big thankyou must also go to those who gave encouragement out on the course. I can assure you the support really does make a difference and often it is the difference between continuing depsite the pain, or just stopping and giving up.

Well done to all those who completed the run and to those who trained hard only to be let down by injury at the last minute. Join us next year or even go for it even sooner.

Interest is already being shown in the Great West Run around Exeter on April 30th. If you would like to join us, please contact me, Ken Masters, on 01476 860 953

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