Severn Athletic Club secretary Chris Brown has come to prominence since 2016 achieving success in local road races. Returning to racing aged 33, his first race was the 2015 Bourton 10K placing 132nd in 41 minutes 10 seconds, achieving his goal of under 7 minutes per mile. He continued racing in local road races and joined Severn AC, the club his parents Andy and Sandra have run for since its foundation in 1994. His first victory came in the 2015 Arlingham 4 Mile Road Race, where he finished in a time of 24:25.
Unfortunately Severn AC became in a position where the club was about to fold but decided to continue for one more year. At what was to be its last formal meeting Brown volunteered to become club secretary with dad Andy as co-chair. Chris said “The Club only had a handful of athletes representing the club at the time for one reason or another. We now have several good youngsters and are working hard at developing the ladies section”. Building from a depleted base the club has re-energised as a force in county athletics, with many road race successes and three narrow promotion misses in the Birmingham Cross-Country League Division 3. Brown has been a top scorer and frequent first counter home in their team, with a fierce friendly rivalry with club captain James Rose.
His demanding work and home life schedule has not stopped his running progression. His times have tumbled across all distances with a PB list of the following:
Track: 5km – 16:50 (Cheltenham 2020). Road: 5km – 16:45 (Aztec West 2017), 4m – 22:05 (Pilot Inn 2018), 5m – 27:34 (Weston Prom Race 2018), 10km – 34:26 (Bourton 10k 2018), 10m – 58:41 (Staverton 10k 2018), HM – 77:37 (Cardiff 2018), 20m – 2:03:23 (Gloucester 20 2020), Marathon – 3:12:28 (London 2017).
He also finished 2nd in the Bitton 5K Road Race series in 2018 and his best local victory came in the St Stephens Day “4” at the pilot in 2018.