Steve Barnfield

I started playing bridge in the form room in the third form (year 9 it would be now) at school. By the time I got to the sixth form the school had a team, which I played in. Usually we played teams of 8 against other local schools. There was no organised league; I would guess we played a handful of matches a year.

After leaving school I worked for a few months before starting at University. By one of those coincidences two or three colleagues played bridge and I started to play a lot more, including at local clubs.

At University (Cambridge) there were many keen players; apart from the University Bridge Club several colleges had bridge clubs. The University Bridge Club met once a week in term time. Local residents were also allowed to play there, which added extra interest. The University had its own teams of eight in the Eastern Counties League and I played a few times for the second team and occasionally for the first team; obviously there was also the Varsity match, but I never played in that!

University and my first couple of years at work were when I learnt most of what I know about bridge. I played a lot, talked a lot and read a lot about bridge. After a couple of years of work I cut down bridge to fit in exam and other work. To keep in touch with bridge I did some tournament directing for several years. After that I served on the Laws and Ethics Committee for quite number of years.

My wife's a keen player, and plays rather more than I do. Our son plays a bit at local clubs when at home; our daughter can also play a bit, but hasn't yet played at local clubs.

Bridge is a really great game and I certainly plan to keep playing at local clubs for many years to come. We're lucky to have an excellent local club within walking distance.

People who knew me years ago might be surprised to hear I took up running a few years ago. Running is now my main hobby. When not injured I run quite a lot, mainly road running, but I also take part in cross-country races. I've completed five marathons and hope to do a couple more, including the Virgin Money London Marathon, in 2014. I also run quite a lot of shorter races. Non-runners tend to think running, especially in races, is just for people in their 20s and 30s. However that is not so. Increasingly people run competitively at younger and older ages. The club I belong to includes several members aged over 70 who race regularly. They aren't as fast as some, but they compete and enjoy themselves!

Last updated: January 2014

Junior Camrose selections: 1978

Brighton Four Stars Teams winner: 1990

Tollemache Cup winner: 1980