#43 – Al & Verne Lowson

This week we meet Al & Verne Lowson, who started a running group that has grown from strength to strength, called Blood, Sweat and Beers. You may have seen the shirts around the area.

It is a wonderful group of people of all capabilities that enjoy organised runs and training together (pre-covid). They are also qualified coaches that assist you with your goals, whether getting a little quicker, running with less injuries and pain and the get to a distance you don’t think you can make. All with a caring attitude.

They are very selfless people, who in the early days were paying for drinks, lollies, and food out of their own pocket for the joy of seeing people coming together, exercising in our beautiful surrounds, all with a smile [I know, I didn’t think I could ever enjoy running, but this group taught me I could]

At the start of the Jetty

What brought you to the area?

Born in Zimbabwe, we left when we got married and ended up living in New Zealand for 10 years. We had always planned to have kids and settle somewhere family friendly, but when we realised we couldn’t have children, we decided to make the most of our circumstances and move somewhere exotic! Exotic ended up being Airlie Beach in North Queensland. We spent six months in Airlie Beach (Al loved it, Verne … not so much!) and then moved down to Brisbane to be near Al’s sister, who was pregnant with her second child.

She lived in Manly, so we looked for a house within a certain radius, ended up in Wynnum and have never looked back! Best decision ever.

2015 Early days of BSB
Whilst Al and Verne help oldies like me, they love helping the younger crew improve

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

It would have to just be all the wonderful interactions with the local community. When we first started running, we’d see a few familiar faces that we recognised from parkrun (the incentive to start BSB and bring us all together!) and now we can’t go far around Wynnum without seeing someone we know. We are both lucky enough to work fairly locally (Al couldn’t get much closer to home at Iona and Verne is at 99 Bikes in Capalaba) and just being part of this wonderful community brightens every day.

You will see them at the waterfront, do say hi!

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

Al’s first choice is a cinema (so that’s good, coming soon) and for Verne it would have to be a running track. He would even settle for a grass track, so if anyone influential is reading, the area up by the softball fields at Wynnum North would be great 😉

Best time of the day!

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

There is a website in progress (but it’s been in progress for a while, so …) and in the meantime: www.facebook.com/bloodsweatandbeer

matchy matchy

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

Would love you to interview the wonderful Trish & Neil from Lime & Myrtle and more recently The Running Duck Effect.

Thanks Al and Verne, a couple of final things, BSB is free, yep just turn up and join in with the other members from our community.

And I needed to share this, we had one of the BSB crew spot us as he ran by, I managed to capture Adam in the 3 seconds he was there for 😂

Adam the photo jogger

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