Written by RMF
A tribute from Bob Frith to Vice-President Conrad Martin who died recently.
Bob,along with Bob Adams,Conrad's successor as BAL TM,represented the Club at the funeral.
CONRAD MARTIN 10.10.36 - 06.08.09
Conrad died after suffering Parkinson’s Disease for five years.
He was born in Wales.
Devoted his life to taking scouts on adventure trips, getting Welsh International rugby players fit and training decathletes to International standards.
He took four Poly Club athletes to win the National 4 x 110y Relay Championship in British record time, beating the other top English teams which included all the top British International relay runners.
Team manager of Poly in the inaugural Premier Division of the National League,and a Vice-President of the Club.
Director of Guinness Sales,then Taunton Cider.
Retired to Glastonbury, started Import wine business and wrote poetry.
Avalon - Poem by Conrad Martin
You ask me
Why do I make my home on the Tor
And I smile, and I am silent,
And even my soul remains quiet:
It lives in the other world
Which no one owns
The Holy Thorn trees blossom
Twice a year
The waters flow
The ravens rule the sky
……we are home.
Avalonian Isle - Poem by Conrad Martin
There is always pleasure or fear
When the sea gets rough
To be washed up on an island
Not marked on the map
I have searched for this island
In all my storms
Or sometimes in a lifeboat
Waiting for the next mist to rise
Whatever map I used
Was no use without a compass
A starry night or a sun
To guide me by
And when a butterfly
Settles on my shoulder
During the storm I’m in
Even if only for a restful while
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