Way back in the summer of 2006 Mel and I moved from the hustle and bustle of Acton Town to Windsor. A few months later I was running along the Long Walk when a sea of white and red swept past. I just managed to make out Datchet Dashers on the back. I got home and went back and looked them up and booked to go along.. The rest is history.
So what have to Dashers ever done for me? (insert joke about sanitation, roads etc…)
When we moved to Windsor we knew no-one in the town. Due to the club, we’ve met a wide range of like minded people from all different walks of life who have come together with their love of sport…. and alcohol… and quiz nights…..
I was a bit larger when I moved to Windsor but thanks to the club I was able to get fit and healthy.
I’ve had my fair share of injuries especially over the last few years. However I’ve remained a club member to support everyone in their endeavours. I was grateful for the support and encouragement especially on my recent return which has meant I won’t be getting any absent Dasher award in the near future.
4) New ventures
Running 5k led to running 10k led to running a marathon. That wasn’t enough.. 1 bottle of red wine with a Bradfield and I signed up for my first triathlon in 2008.. That led to Ironman… yes some see it as the dark arts in the club but it’s been amazing as in 2006 I would have not thought it possible to do one.
5) Giving back
Whether coaching or volunteering there’s always a way to be involved in the club when not running. It’s the lifeblood of the club.
And the club have been very busy creating the next generation of Dashers in recent years.
So there you have it. Once a Dasher…. You know the rest.