Race Report 24/11/20

When David Tervitt came to the club, he breezed in – an absolute bundle of energy! He was born and brought up in Scotland and an illness in his childhood left him in the disabled category, though this did not stop him running. In fact, his enthusiasm for the sport is second to none, and though his communication skills are poor, ladies in particular can expect a warm hug from him – or could, pre covid. When the club had sessions in Thirsk School, David could be relied on to operate the security system to let members into the school, which they appreciated, especially on a cold night, and he would be there for up to half an hour with his cheery welcome. Any club championship race would be sure to see David’s name in the list of participants, and his times steadily improved. Road races, cross country, fell, he would have a go at them all, and fairly successfully at that. He was given the Members’ Member award in 2019.

Little did members know they had a Special Olympian among them, and David has no fewer than 5 Olympic medals! Not many people can say that! He spent some time in a training facility in America, and in 1991, was invited to join Team GB at the Special Olympics in Minneapolis, winning 2 silver and a bronze medal. Imagine his joy and pride in being presented with one of the medals by Arnold Schwarzenegger! He also met up with Don Johnson of Miami Vice fame. Six years later, he was selected to join the team for the Special Olympics in Glasgow, and again came away with a silver medal in the 200m. The football team were a man short, and David turned out for them, playing at both Celtic Park and Ibrox! Once again, he won a bronze medal after the team defeated Belgium in the quarter final.

Being in the right place at the right time is often a matter of luck, and when in Scotland he met up with soldiers, who suggested he applied for a job making furniture at a facility attached to Erskine hospital. He was successful and worked there for 25 years! Since he has been in Thirsk, he is a regular at Thirsk Clock, now Thirsk Community Works, and is available to help with any job that needs doing. He can frequently be seen in their pop up shop in the Market Place, and members passing will be sure of a greeting from David, if he spots them. David can certainly be described as a member who has made a significant impact in the club and we all love him to bits!

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