I’ve Left Crossfit Manchester

As rubbish as it is to announce this sort of thing on the net, working away from home currently means that it’s the simplest way of not having to repeat myself over the next few weeks. As of yesterday (Monday 26th July) I’m no longer a member of Crossfit Manchester, something I never thought I’d ever say. As I was one of the original members when they first opened their doors, and so have been a member for 3.5 years, have long been a huge supporter of Crossfit Manchester and was a personal friend of Mark Beck, I figure I probably need to expand on that statement.

I’ve thought long and hard about what I want to say about it and also what I feel I can say about it. I am privileged enough to have been told some things in confidence, I haven’t betrayed that confidence and I have no intention of starting now. It’s no secret however that last year Karl Steadman left Crossfit Manchester in Stockport, and setup Crossfit 3D in Trafford. That event set the wheels in motion that have ended up with my decision of yesterday.

I don’t think it’s a secret either, that sadly the relationship which built the first Crossfit gym in England, soured as a result of that split. Once wrangling over who gets what in the divorce start (for divorce is essentially what it was), it’s inevitable really that it starts to feel personal and people get upset. I had hoped that I could remain impartial, as I have the greatest respect for both Mark and Karl, as I have attested to many times on this blog. They, as instruments of Crossfit, have had a profound affect on my life, and I owe them a debt of gratitude. Mark in particular spent a lot of time helping me attain my British Masters title this year, and I’ll long be grateful for that.

However it has become obvious in recent months that Mark and I were not seeing eye to eye on many things. I am not going to go into the reasons, as to do so would only give the impression that I’m airing my dirty laundry in public and I have no intention of doing that. Suffice it to say, that I’ve become increasingly unhappy this year, though no one thing was enough to tip the boat.

Fast forward to Monday and I decided that it was time to have a heart to heart, and Mark and I spent a good hour having a reasonably amicable, open and honest conversation. Mark is after all, a very nice and agreeable fellow. Someone who’s company I have enjoyed many times over the last 3 years outside of the gym environment. It was a useful conversation for many reasons, not least of which I felt it cleared the air and got stuff said.

To my surprise however I did learn that Mark and I disagreed on several more things than I’d even thought going into it, but he’d not felt in a position to say so before then. Notwithstanding that however, I was rather hoping we could work things out. Sadly, we couldn’t get past the sticking point that hopefully in the very near future, I’ll be working on a joint venture with Karl (more on that another time).

So before it came to a head, I decided to leave whilst Mark and I were still on amicable terms. I’d like to think I could pop in and say hi to Mark and Jo and the members I know down there occasionally. I still have a lot of affection for Mark and Crossfit Manchester and look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength. I certainly have no hesitation in continuing to recommend Crossfit Manchester to anyone that hasn’t got bored of my spouting off about Crossfit by now!

It’s always sad when a door closes on something that’s been a big part of your life, and I feel rather melancholic about it. Life is full of surprises though and you never know what tomorrow will bring. 🙂

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • gary Holgate 28 July 2010, 10:18 am

    welcome on board mate . will be good to train with you again gaz

  • Colin McNulty 29 July 2010, 6:05 pm

    Cheers Gary, will see you down there soon no doubt.

  • Mick draper 4 February 2011, 1:18 pm

    I met both guys 2 yrs ago, then a follow up after there break , may I say that both guys are awesome. I love the location at pearmill and the training enviroment, I say continued success to both of them, as a trainer building a new location isn’t easy but neither is being the one that stays behind. Mark has done a great job in keeping his club going. I would also like to thank mark for his support in advice crossfit exercise prescription, many thanks crossfitters. Mick

  • gregg 11 September 2016, 11:11 pm

    people fall out all the time ,thats understandable but to put this online is a bit childish.

  • Colin McNulty 19 September 2016, 8:30 am

    Hi Gregg, thanks for taking the time to comment.

    The fact you’ve commented on a 5 year old post makes me think you’ve got some connection to the subject. Are you a member of CrossFit Manchester at the moment?

    You won’t be surprised to learn that I disagree with you that it was childish. If I’d mouthed off about CrossFit Manchester and/or Mark Beck personally, spouting why I was right and he was wrong and claiming to be hard done by, *that* would have been childish.

    But I was calm and respectful of our differences, and whilst as I said Mark and I disagreed on many things, I chose not to divulge those disagreements. It’s not for me to influence others as to their opinion of Mark or how CrossFit Manchester was changing, as I could easily have done, instead I chose not to enter that fray and leave others to form their own opinions, as they should do.

    Finally this is my personal blog, it is literally a log of my life which I’ve been maintaining for 9 years now. If you go through it you’ll see a wide variety of topics and shifts in trends as my life has twisted and turned. It’s my space, my part of the internet, which I pay for, so that I can write about things that interest me, bother me, or just keep a bit of a life diary. Were I to die in a firey car crash tomorrow, it’s something for my daughter to read, if she so chose, to understand a bit more of who her Dad was.

    Leaving CrossFit Manchester was a huge deal for me at the time so it was unthinkable to me that I wouldn’t write something about it here, and I make no apologies about doing so.

    If you or Mark have any specific complaints about something I’ve written that you think is untrue, I’m happy to consider whether I feel you complaint means I should reword the post. I suppose I should point out that there is one glaring (to me) untruth in my post above, but out of respect to Mark for our friendship up to that point I chose not to tell the story quite the way it really happened, as I felt the truth was rather more inflammatory than the more sanitised version I wrote above.

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