John Robinson

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Last updated 22 March 2003

 John Robinson, President for 2003/4

Prior to taking up running John's sport was rugby.  He was introduced to the Club by John Partington in 1981 and his initial interest was in marathons. He has run the London on three occasion, plus Dublin twice, the New York and Auckland, New Zealand. His best time was 3 hrs and 47 seconds and he is sure that he would have been inside the 3hrs had he not injured his hamstring during the race.  His slowest time was 3 hrs 41 minutes which included two pints on the way round!

He has also run the Kent 20 miles champs, a number of half marathons, 5,7.5 and 10 mile Club cross country championships, mob matches, local road races and the One hour run. 

As a veteran he has represented Northern Ireland three times at cross country and also Kent. 

The hamstring injury he sustained made him move down in distance and having linked up with coach Steve Cluney and gained Paul Austridge as a training partner he turned to track competition. 

He is arguably the Club's most versatile athlete having competed in the 60 metres, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 2000 and 3000 steeplechases, 110 and 400 hurdles, 2km, 3km and 5 mile walks and on the field in the high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot, discus, javelin and hammer. 

He is one of the Club's most regular field event judges and also does track judging and time keeping. As well as this he has been coaching four days a week at Ladywell and Norman Park, has become known as the custodian of the Nike tent, and has been Head Of Active Athletics for over 5 years. 

He regularly attends social functions at the Club where on occasions he has sung for the membership. He is also a member of St Bart's choir and has appeared on television. He currently works for an import company. John was made a Vice President of the Club in 1997 by Mike Martineau.

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