Member Profiles


Dorothy Harris

Joining in 2006 was one of the best decisions I ever made. I was one of those people who avoided exercise. I joined a friend training to do the Race for Life and hated every minute, I finished but realised it was time to make a change. I was overweight and the most energetic thing I did was walk to the fridge. It's been an amazing journey, I've lost weight, made friends for life and my weekends are spent running rather than recovering. It's true to say anyone can do it. I'm still not fast but I can run and enjoy it. This year I did a run in Budapest and ran the London marathon.


Mike Robbins

In 2010 thought I'll try this running malarkey, looked easy enough but couldn't run more than 5mins! After a year of running round the local streets then joined Marsh House Harriers in 2011 and never looked back. Great support from club and now in 2015 just completed my first London Marathon at the age of 40. Onwards and upwards from now. "No pain no gain!"


Allison Rae

I started running in 2009 at the age of 44 as an attempt to get fit after a lifetime of drinking and smoking. I joined Billingham Marsh House Harriers the same year and it was one of the best things I've ever done; last year I ran my first marathon!


 James McGhee

I started running in 2001. Really enjoyed it and became quite competitive. Fortunately alcohol stopped me getting too serious and nowadays I'm more a social runner.


Simon Jones

Started running in 2001, don't know why I just did!
I found I quite enjoyed it. I then started competing in duathlons for a while which then turned into triathlons.I have completed 5 marathons one of which was in an ironman triathlon in Germany in 2010 to celebrate my 40th! I love running early on a summers morning or off road around the Yorkshire moors.


Ian Harris

I joined the club in 2007 after realising  I wasn't doing myself any favours sitting at home eating and drinking and have never looked back. When I first started if someone spoke to me while running I could barely give a 1 word answer. Now as a run leader  I am the 1 encouraging people to talk I've made lots of new friends and am just starting my training for my 5th marathon.


Darren Ansbro

I started running back in 2011 when I was training to do the GNR in memory of my sister. Race day was the best and ever since then I have loved running. Then I joined BMHH in 2012, running with the club is the best way of improving and getting PBs at races. (Don't break a leg ) !


 Helen Adamson

To begin with I was just a fair weather runner.  A friend talked me into doing the Race for Life in 2000. I really enjoyed it so also did the Darlington 10k and the Great North Run that year. Then I’d have the winter off and do the same 3 races each year until I had baby no1 in 2007. I then joined a pushchair based fitness class and under some expert leadership I realised I was a half decent runner. After regaining my fitness after baby no2 I joined BMHH in early 2010. I loved it but then had more time out for baby no3! I re joined in May 2012 feeling stronger than ever and have never looked back. My only regret is that I didn’t join sooner!


Louise Dykes

After a few charity 5K's I joined a programme to run the Middlesbrough 10K in 2011. I never thought I would be able to do it! It took me 1hr 1 minute and from that I started to do Albert Parkrun each week and caught the running bug. I joined BMHH in February 2012 and have never looked back. I have now ran two marathons and am currently doing my Level 2 Coach in Running Fitness award.


Helen Hill

In 2008, I completed my first half marathon and decided to join a club. BMHH was recommended to me, because it is a sociable club and welcomes everyone regardless of running ability. It was the best thing I ever did. I've made lots of great friends and my running has improved massively. In 2011, I completed my first marathon, which is an amazing achievement for someone who was always the last kid to be picked for any sports teams at school. Currently I enjoy training with the club and taking part in new and more familiar races.


 Luke Duffy

My first experience with running was in March 2012 when after winning a few school X-Country events, my brother Gav encouraged me to push myself round Albert Parkrun. After a couple of months of flirting with running I thought that it was not for me. However after Gav (who was a dedicated Marsh House Harrier himself) passed away in November 2013, I felt a good way to do Gav proud would be through running. I joined BMHH in December 2013 and never looked back!


Steve Thompson

Tried running in my twenties and gave up after one attempt, absolutely hated it, thought this is not for me. In my forties I began to gain a lot of weight, by 2009 I thought it was time to do something about it, so I lost 6 stone in a five month period through diet and gym exercise. Started running on a tread mill for quick bursts, then slowly increased my time. I then entered the Middlesbrough 10k and started to do the Thursday night trail runs with Vicky Fawcett; when these ended I needed to fill the gap so I heard about BMHH and joined in 2013, I find the support and encouragement of fellow members really helpful.  Running now is a big part of my leisure time, and not a chore, as some of my non-running friends think it is.

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