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Club news: Havering 90 Joggers to pay tribute to Paul Freedman MBE

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 May 2017

Paul Freedman MBE

Paul Freedman MBE

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The H90 Joggers will pay tribute at their annual inter-club race to member Paul Freedman, who died in February at the age of 92.

Havering 90 Joggers

Where: The club meets at Abbs Cross Health and Fitness Centre, Abbs Cross lane, Hornchurch.

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm, going out at 7.30pm.

Cost: Membership is £35 for a year.

Contact: Go to H90.org.uk and complete the application form.

The dedicated runners have decided to retire the number 92 for the Midweek Five in honour of Paul.

Club secretary Jeff Fenton said: “Obviously he was an inspiration to many runners and when you introduced new people who saw Paul come along for club nights he inspired people to keep going and to keep running.

“People say ‘I can never do this or that’ then you pointed to Paul and he was still doing his marathons.

“He was great, his name still gets mentioned on a regular basis. He was a giver and always wanted to tell a story, he had a good way of telling them and the work he did for Saint Francis is quite incredible.”

The H90 Joggers’ leg of the Midweek Five takes place on June 6 next to the tennis courts in Raphael Park, in Main Road, Romford, with the number of participants raised to 300 from 250 due to the increased demand over the past few years.

Jeff explained: “It’s done on a score basis according to where our runners finish.

“The Midweek Five is something we have always done, it’s been going for 15 to 20 years at least, and it’s open to everybody who wants to enter.

“It’s £10 to run for affiliated runners or £12 if you’re not affiliated.

“For us this year it’s a bit more poignant because of Paul’s situation.

“Obviously any funds raised will go to Saint Francis Hospice.”

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