Harriers Running Club celebrates its 30th year
of members of a popular Burnham-On-Sea running club gathered to
celebrate the group's 30th anniversary on Friday night (October
Sixty past and current members of Burnham-On-Sea Harriers joined
the celebrations at the town's BASC Sports Ground.
The club's secretary Brian Beale and treasurer Sheila Baker were
presented with glass engraved mementos by the club's oldest member,
90 year-old Arthur Gilbert.
Brian told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "30 years is quite a milestone
for any club and we were delighted that so many current and past
members gathered together to celebrate this occasion."
A celebratory cake that had been especially baked and decorated
to mark the occasion was also cut.
Harriers were formed in September 1981 after a meeting between
Graham Slocombe and Brian Beale in a fun run at East Huntspill.
In the early 1980s, the club's membership reached over
100 and in 1983, it had 25 members in the London Marathon.
In 1985, the club promoted the Burnham Half Marathon for 10 years
and then reformed it in 2006 and continues to organise it.
The club also took over the Brent Knoll Race in the mid 1980s
and continues to promote it. Club Members have supported the Burnham
Aquathon and Triathlon over many years and has strong links with
Burnham Swim and Sports Academy.
In 2008, Mr Beale was awarded the Jim Brunton Award for services
to the Somerset County Athletic Association.
And Arthur Gilbert, the club's oldest member, received an MBE
for his contribution to charity through completing many races