A Chip Off The Old Block

Hi all. I thought I would completely change the mental health theme, and write about my two sons and how they followed in their old mans footsteps in running. I have three kids, my daughter Kayleigh (25) who’s not into sport but she’s the academical one out of all of all of us. Grant (27) and Mason (19). If your thinking they look young for their age the pics were taken a few years ago, lol. They have now gave up running after being in the sport for around ten years.

They have gone back to playing football after losing interest in competitive running. I said to them they’ve got to enjoy what they are doing, as there’s no point in being good at something if your not enjoying it!.

I coached both of them once I qualified as a UKA athletics coach. They both become county champions on and off track. I thought I would post a few pics of their highlights, and I’ve also got a YouTube video of Mason winning the Essex county U15 boys 1500m championship. The following week at the same championship, Grant won the senior men’s 5000m championship, and Mason also won the u15 3000m, and run the fastest time in the U.K for his age group. My two lads were county champions on numerous occasions but twice in the same championship is something to be proud of.

Mason starts at the back, but soon works his way into 2nd position.

Mason had plenty of club supporters that day, as you can hear them shouting; “go on Mason” in the final stages of the race.

The video was taken by a “local paper” journalist, but he had to leave before Grant’s race, hence no video 😩

Mason (front right) on his way to winning the Colchester 10k road race. He was only 16 at the time, and was up against some senior men that had a lot more experience.

Grant, leading the Billericay 10k road race. Grant won the race, with 2 of his club mates in 2nd and 3rd place respectfully.

Mason, with 300m to go to the finish and winning the Essex cross country championship.

Grant, on his way to winning the Essex cross country senior men’s league.

Mason on the podium. He got a bronze in the English u15 3000m athletics championship. There was only 2 seconds between 1st and 3rd place, with the winner qualifying and earning their England vest, and representing their country. Third best in the country on that day, so close and yet so far. I’m so proud of him, and all my kids for that matter 😁👍

I could go on as there’s more races that they’ve won, but don’t want to bore you even further, lol. It’s a shame they gave up running when they were doing so well, who knows what they could have gone on to achieve?. But like I said earlier, there’s no point in doing something your good at if you’ve lost interest in doing it. At the end of the day, you’ve got to enjoy what your doing no matter how good (or bad) you are at it, as long as you enjoy what your doing, that’s what matters the most 😊👍

17 thoughts on “A Chip Off The Old Block

  1. Impressive!! I like the lesson of doing something you enjoy, whether you’re good at it or not; and it being pointless to do something you’re good at but that you don’t enjoy. I’ll have to remember that.

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  2. Happy Belated Father’s Day to you, Clive! You should be so extremely proud of your kids! Thank you for sharing your photo’s and more about your life outside the mental health realm of things.
    Your sons are so handsome!!! One day you should share something about your daughter too.
    Have a wonderful day!

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