Mem­ber is still track­ing af­ter 40 years in club

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

Alexan­dra man Steve To­hill has achieved a 40-year mile­stone as a mem­ber of the Alexan­dra Har­rier and Walk­ers Club.

Spokesman Gary Hes­son pre­sented To­hill with a life mem­ber­ship badge in recog­ni­tion of his time with the club.

‘‘The club op­er­ated as the win­ter sec­tion of the Alexan­dra Am­a­teur Ath­letic Club from 1969 and mem­ber­ship records from 1974 show Steve was a ju­nior boy in the club way back then.’’

With the Clyde Dam all go in the 1980s, club mem­ber­ship rose to 60 to 70 run­ners, with some strong com­pet­i­tive ath­letes, he said.

Steve rep­re­sented the club reg­u­larly in events around Otago and South­land , in­clud­ing the Clyde-Alex 10km race where he recorded a re­spectable best time of 34:16. The club had or­gan­ised the an­nual Clyde Dam to Alexan­dra 10km Race Day for the past 45 years, Hes­son said.

In 1992, the club in­tro­duced a walk­ing sec­tion and in 1998 be­came Alexan­dra Har­rier & Walk­ers Club Inc. The club meets ev­ery Satur­day af­ter­noon dur­ing win­ter and usu­ally buses out to ex­pe­ri­ence routes in sur­round­ing ar­eas. With a cur­rent mem­ber­ship close to 100, new mem­bers were al­ways wel­come – par­tic­u­larly run­ners, who now form the mi­nor­ity of the mem­ber­ship, he said. ◗ Full de­tails of mem­ber­ship, the walk/run pro­gramme and this year’s 10km Race Day in Au­gust can be found on the club’s web­site at www.alex­har­ri­ers.co.nz

Club stal­wart: Gary Hes­son pre­sents Steve To­hill with his Life Mem­ber­ship Badge.

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