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Alan Shirley 

I would like thank everyone who attended Alan's funeral.

The Trotters were an important part of Alan's life, he would have been pleased and touched that so many of his friends came to say goodbye and would have appreciated the appropriate floral tribute. I would also like to thank everyone for the lovely cards and messages I received.

Alan was very special and it is a comfort to me to know that there was so much affection and respect for him. I'm sorry I haven't written before but I have been waiting for Bennetts to send the donations made in Alan's memory to St. Francis as I wanted to pass the information on to you. It took three phone calls before they sent the donations, but I can tell you that the final amount raised from family and friends was £1,664.

St Francis have set up an Alan Shirley Tribute Fund so that any future money received from fund raising activities in his name will be attributed to the Fund.


Membership - Renewals and New Applications - Important

Subscriptions are due on the 1st March, and will be accepted after 1st February. If you have joined since 1st January then your subscription is valid until 28th February 2016

All members, including those renewing, need to complete a new member or renewal form. Don’t forget to complete the emergency contact and number, which will be kept at the Brentwood Centre in case of emergencies during runs from the Centre. The new forms will be available on the website in early February

Fees are unchanged for 2015/16, and are:

New member (First claim) - £45

New Member (Second claim) - £35
Membership renewal (First claim) - £30
Membership renewal (Second claim) - £20

New Junior - £35

Junior Renewal - £20

Second claim members are members of another running club, and represent them in races. Second claim Trotters cannot race for us against their First claim club. They can, however, race for us if their First claim club is not competing

Methods of payment are:

· By cheque, made payable to Thrift Green Trotters. Please try to avoid cash. This should be accompanied by a Renewal Form or a New Members' Application Form, which can be downloaded from the website (below), and handed to the Membership Secretary or any member of the committee.

· By Standing Order - please ensure that it is from 1st March. There are still some members with S/Os from 1st September (please change!). A renewal or application form still needs to be completed and handled as above.

· Bank transfer – you can pay your fee straight from your bank account to the Club’s Santander account. Remember to ensure that the transfer contains your full name so that it can be identified, and that you still need to submit a form separately

Account Number 73777309 Sort Code 09-01-51

Please note that the facility to pay by Paypal is no longer available

New wristbands will be available during February, and will be issued when your payment is confirmed. Please wear them to ensure you gain unchallenged entry to the Brentwood Centre. Existing orange bands will not be valid after 31st March


Forms (in PDF) available here. If you need a form in Word format, please use the contacts page to email Paul Price, and a form will be emailed to you

New Member Application

Existing Membership Renewal

Existing JUNIOR Membership Renewal


TGT 97 - Day Training Programme begins on Monday 19th January for the 2015 London Marathon

For a (PDF) Training Schedule, click here - suitable for all paces

Sunday morning training groups as follows:
Phil Olson will be taking a group out most Sundays (not the XC Sundays!) at 8:30am, targeting 3:30 - 3:45 Marathon or 1:30 - 1:45 Half Marathon pace

Julie Buckley will be taking a Beginners Half Marathon training group at 8.30am suitable for anyone who can run 5 miles at 11-12 minute pace

Tina Leung will be taking a Marathon training group at 8.30am from the Brentwood Centre. Tina's group does 12min miles & from Sunday 25th Jan 2015 she will b running 11-12 mls - increasing each week approx 1 mile. NB No group Sun 1st Feb, meeting Sat 31st Jan instead - same time from the Brentwood Centre.




Laura Brook's produced her best performance to date with a brilliant 4th position in the womens race at a wintry Abbey Fields. She was in sight of the leader at the end of the 1st of a 2 lap 3.5 mile course, run on hard ground round  fairly flat parkland. Laura was still battling for 3rd throughout the 2nd lap, but was in the end still very happy with her performance. Unfortunately, Marijke Van Eetvelde missed the start due to heavy traffic, so Laura was the only Trotter lady finisher.

There was a blizzard during the mens 5 mile race which followed. 4 Trotter men battled through the elements, all finishing in the top 100. John Barker 57th, Keith Thornton 72nd, Peter Barett 78th and Nick Knight 87th. Thanks for the support George Smith and Marijke.

This was the last meeting of the season. In the overall series, our men finished 13th out of 23 teams and the lady's 15th out of 24. Well done to everyone who ran and supported throughout the whole winter.

Full results on the Essex Cross Country page on Facebook


There is no pre entry, but a £1 fee is payable on the day to Ken & Evelyn Bench. They are usually located next to their car in the car park near the start. On receipt of your entrance fee, you will be given a club identity letter to pin on the front of your vest /t-shirt. Please wear club colours.

This is a very friendly l'gue, (not that the saturday one isn't). There are 2 l'gues of 5 teams in the match and we are currently in the top flight. The scoring system is 7 men (must include 2 vets over 40) and 3 women (include 1 vet over 35). After every race, the host team provides cakes and refreshments. Our club hosts the first event on Oct 26th at South Thorndon, and as well as organising it and providing all the marshalls, we are all asked to bring cakes along as part of our hospitality.

2 fixtures remain

Feb 15th  South Weald

March 8th   Hadleigh

Entry is on the day and plenty of entry forms will be available. Any Thrift Green Trotter members would be very welcome.


Our junior section (for children 15/17) is on a Wedneday evening at 7.30pm from the Brentwood Centre. .Application Forms are available by clicking HERE. For further details, please contact Melvyn Cooper (See Contacts page on this site)



Why not visit (and Like) our Facebook Page? You can post messages for other Club members, and keep in touch with what's happening at the club

Click here for our Facebook Page (you may need to register for a FB Account)




We try to feature forthcoming races and runs to allow you to plan ahead, and perhaps to join in something new.

For more info on road, trail and adventure races in Essex try and click on to the Essex running calender

22nd Feb    Dunton Test track 10m       22nd Feb   EAN Spring 10k (Please note - CANCELLED)

8th March    Roding Valley HM

15th March  Essex 20m

22nd March Brentwood HM (See Club Facebook page for details of a post-race Lunch - open to all)

28th March   Orion 15m         28th March Essex Road relays (Chelmsford)

29th March   Colchester HM         29th March  Braintree 5m




Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:02)



Please see below for details of a generic Welfare statement, which is adopted by our Club.

In additon to this, we also we have our own Welfare Policy.

Please feel free to read or download these documents. Any questions, please direct to Jackie Woodroffe or Melvyn Cooper 

Generic Welfare Document (PDF)

TGT Welfare Policy (Word)





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