One of the club stalwarts, Stephan Tomaszewski, is “the one you’ve got to beat”, especially if you are a young new member to the club.  Stephan trains hard and works hard, and is usually first or second club finisher in any races he enters.  When age adjusting is taken into account, there is no competition, which is why, for the last several years, Steph has won the Men’s Club Championship. His long legs have helped him to cover hurdles in his younger days, and give him long strides in longer distances.  For all his success, he always has time for every club member, regardless of age or speed, but he doesn’t like anyone to get ahead of him!

I will let Stephan continue in his own words :-

 
In these worrying times of the corona virous it is something of a relief to pull on some training shoes & go for a run around your local area – all as recommended by Boris Johnson as part of our daily exercise regime.
As a senior member of T&S Harriers (Thirsk & districts local running club), I have been running most days for around 50 years, both to keep fit and to compete in races.
I joined T&SH in 1997 after moving from my home town of Manchester, which is where my father settled as a WWII veteran after fighting in the Polish Tank Regiment, alongside the British Army in war torn Italy.  
 
During my junior school years I found a passion for running and discovered I was a good sprinter after wining a school sports day race. Later, at senior school my PE teacher put up some hurdles for all the kids to jump over, and when I had a go I found that I glided over them with ease, and this started my 15 year obsession with track athletics and in particular sprint hurdling.  At school I was entered into the Greater Manchester Track & Field Championships for the sprint hurdles which I won & also to my amazement I broke the existing track record for the event.  My PE teacher immediately introduced me to the local track & field club ‘Sale Harriers Manchester’, which I joined and started training with their sprint squad. From this point there was no going back, I was ‘hooked’ on athletics and at the age of 14 I was training alongside national standard athletes. After a few years of sprint & hurdles coaching and also with a bit of grit & determination I made the first team for Sale Harriers and was soon competing in the British Athletics League (Division 1), alongside Daley Thompson & other British international athletes, together with other fortunate ‘mortals’ like myself !
 
My more memorable successes in 110 metre sprint hurdles event were County Champion for Lancashire & a couple of other counties (during my university years), coming in the top 3 in the Northern Championships a couple of times, and being University Champion for 3 consecutive years.
 
After 15 or so years, all this competing over the high hurdles was taking its toll on my legs and I decided to change events, going for the 400 m Hurdles, where the height of the hurdles is a less punishing 3 ft rather than 3ft 6 inches for the 110 m sprint hurdles. Whilst competing in my new track event I met a competitive couple named Paul & Sarah Goacher who lived in Thirsk, Paul was an international 400 m hurdler & Sarah was national standard sprint hurdler, and I eventually joined their track training  squad at Becketts Park in Leeds, which also included away weekends running up & down the White Horse steps at Kilburn in beautiful North Yorkshire.  As a result of this friendship & the introduction to scenic North Yorkshire, I took a leap of faith and moved from traffic clogged Manchester settling in Thirsk, and of course I had to join ‘Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers’ to start running with the 100 plus club runners all coached by the ever enthusiastic Rob Burn.
So, whether you want to run just to keep fit or to try and beat the likes of Rob Burn in a 10 k race, all you need is to do is pull on a pair of training shoes and go for a run, and who knows what life path this will take you on !