Bob's Beagles Memoirs
Athletics Weekly|November 28, 2019
BOB SMITH’S BOOK ABOUT LIFE AS A HUMBLE ATHLETICS TEAM MANAGER SHOWCASES GRASSROOTS ATHLETICS IN ALL ITS GLORY
Jason Henderson

BOB SMITH died in 2017 aged 61 from cancer, but his unpublished recollections as long-time road and cross-country team manager at Newham & Essex Beagles have been brought to life by his family in a new book called Getting the Buggers to Turn Out.

As the blunt and amusing title suggests, this is a warts-and-all story of his 15 years in a key role at one of Britain’s biggest and most successful athletics clubs. The son of well-known Southampton sprints coach Mike Smith and a former high jumper himself, the author found his true calling when he became team manager of a distance running squad that began in the era of Mike East, Kris Bowditch, Mark Warmby and Dave Mitchinson and went on to include runners like Keith Gerrard, Moumin Geele and a certain Mo Farah.

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