Even though he was retired before I started playing football my hero growing up was Gordon Banks. I spent many hours reading about his best games and watching clips of his great saves.
Years later I ended up working in the IT Department for Littlewoods Pools and at some anniversary dinner I got to meet Gordon Banks, along with Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan (all involved in spot the ball!). Managed to sit and have a chat with Gordon and he was the nicest bloke you could wish to meet. He was surpirised given my age that I heard of him and was even more surprised that I knew of many of his saves, beyond teh obvious one from Pele.
My Dad meet his footballing hero Sir Tom Finney a few years back and likewise he recounts what an amazingly humble person Tom is.
When I stopped playing football a few years ago I ended up doing running in winter and a few triathlons in summer. Due to work and family commitments that is now pretty much running. So plan is to have a go at a few 5 and 10ks this summer.
Assuming your club is Vale Royal then your new lady runner (9:15 for 3k) is the wife of the guy I sit opposite at work. She seems to be posting some very good times, though he did say she wasn't happy with her 9:15 run!!!!
After a winter of targeting 10 mile and half races decided to utilise the fitness and have a bash at a few more shorter races over psring/summer (don't usually race much if at all over spring/summer). Probably won't make all of them put the race plan I have gleaned based on quick courses and hard training route (Badger 10k) is:
Tuesday 28th May 7pm - Welcome Inn 5k
Saturday 1st June 6:30pm - Catforth 5k
Thursday 6th June 7:30pm - Badger 10k
Tuesday 25th June 7pm - Welcome Inn 5k
Thursday 4th July 7:30pm - Badger 10k
Sunday 7th July 10am - Catforth 10k
Saturday 20th July 10:30am - Elswick Express 10m
Tuesday 30th July 7pm - Welcome Inn 5k
Thursday 1st August 7:30pm - Badger 10k
Saturday 17th August 6:30pm - Catforth 5k
If my memory is correct you pop across to relatives in Penowrtham so the Saturday nights races might be a good a good fit.