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    Thread resurrection!

    I've added a page to the club website http://www.bobgrahamclub.org.uk/index.php?page=missing that lists all those members for whom we have missing data such as their age, details of their round such as time taken, in some cases even the date, names of pacers, etc. There may be others that I've to find, the membership list was filtered on having no age as that's the biggest number but there may be some who've given their age but not other details, for now this is a big enough list to go on.

    If you are on the list or know anyone who is would you/they please get in touch at [email protected]. Thanks.
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    If the "Mick Farmery" [Member 127] is Mike Farmery of Thames Hare & Hounds (who certainly did some fell running), then a bit of research on runbritainrankings shows that he turned V65 in 2017; which would suggest an age of 27 in 1979.

    Plenty of other well-known names among those early members in your list, but I don't feel inclined to do any more searching the www myself. [I did have a look for Joe Sherriff [Member 51], whom I knew, but didn't come up with anything.]
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    Ta, Mick Farmery has his club as Gosforth and did his round along with Howard Forrest and John Wagstaff and all have their addresses in the York area. Possibly not the same person.

    The data "collection" in the early years was a bit haphazard - the standardised paper form didn't start to get used until around member #100 and then wasn't consistent.

    There were quite a few, like 20, in the first fifty members who hadn't supplied their age. I just happened to find one of the very early Fellrunner newsletters which listed them along with their ages so I might search the FRA archives for the following years to see if there's anything similar. I only discovered Alan Heaton's age because I just happened to notice it mentioned in Stan Bradshaw's account!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Ta, Mick Farmery has his club as Gosforth and did his round along with Howard Forrest and John Wagstaff and all have their addresses in the York area. Possibly not the same person.
    Yes, looks like one of those cases where two people with the same name (quite an unusual surname) turn up in the same activity.

    Reminds me of when I was a student and I was treasurer of St Andrews University Orienteering Club at the same time as an unrelated Teresa Kay was the Secretary; and she had a younger brother (still at school) called Anthony. On one occasion at an orienteering event I was chatting to Teresa before the start, with my control card (bearing my name) pinned to my shirt, when little Anthony turned up beside his sister and soon started staring in disbelief at my control card!
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    List updated following quite a lot of responses, I've got about 20% of the original set sorted.

    Some years ago I was supporting a Ramsay Round and one of the static support points was on the Mamores. As we approached the supporter got out of his bivy bag, looked at me and said: "We thought you were dead!" The next sentence was a classic - "You're looking well!".

    The supporter was someone I'd worked with in the Kendal area, after I moved away another climber with the same name was killed on a crag in Borrowdale and they'd all thought it was me, my surname is fairly unusual and the spelling is not what people expect.
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    Back in 1979 the Mike Farmery now of Thames Hare and Hounds was a post graduate student at York University (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-far...alSubdomain=uk). I also know he was a Bob Graham completer pre-1986 and I can't see another Farmery on the club list so I think Anthony's information is what you're looking for.

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    Ta.

    Managed to clear up a couple of the "Where the hell did they go?" MIAs today including the elusive Mr Hoffe!

    Surprising just how quickly things get lost even from recent history, all this is within my lifetime, if you don’t actively work at maintaining it. I doubt I’ll get 100% complete, a mixture of age, death and forgetfulness will see to that.

    I'll keep plugging away and pestering folk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Ta.

    Managed to clear up a couple of the "Where the hell did they go?" MIAs today including the elusive Mr Hoffe!

    Surprising just how quickly things get lost even from recent history, all this is within my lifetime, if you donít actively work at maintaining it. I doubt Iíll get 100% complete, a mixture of age, death and forgetfulness will see to that.

    I'll keep plugging away and pestering folk
    Hi Bob, I've just emailed you with updating missing details for me (1176), Trevor Longman (1144) and Barry Blyth (1145).
    I'll get Barbara Lonsdale (1716) to contact you.
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