id968-Conrad Martin

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

I’m home

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