Jim Brown joined the Spartans shortly after moving to Stevenage from Scotland late in 1992. He arrived with a pretty good record as a racing cyclist having achieved targets like “under the hour” for a 25 (miles), over 20 mph for a “twelve” (hours) and getting into the national rankings. Gradually his number shifted from his backside to his chest for competitive sport but he is on the national council of the largest cyclists’ organisation in the country and still organises a number of successful cycling events including “Emitremmmus Desrever” which attracted 419 riders in October 2011.
Jim returned to the committee in 2009 but has been Spartan press officer for many years having first been elected to that post in 1996. He was delighted to receive a special award at the Silver Jubilee Gala Ball.
Jim is a great believer in encouraging more people to get into active recreation — loads of health and social benefits — something Fairlands Valley Spartans have been doing really well. His personal targets have been to try to achieve a 75% score in all eight club championship distances — particularly using the older, harder standards. He’s come close a few times but lacks the oompf for the short stuff.
Recently he’s been advised to become a fun runner, we’ll see about that, but he reckons now is a good time to put a little bit more into the club which has given him so much pleasure and motivated him to attempt to get fit.
Jim qualified as an assistant coach in 2010, a Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) in 2011 and is now a UKA Level 2a Endurance Official.