Les Baldwin - North Wales Athletics Stalwart
TRIBUTES have been paid to a stalwart of athletics in North Wales who has died, aged 81.Les Baldwin MBE, from Johnstown, had been unwell in recent years and died on Monday. He is survived by his wife Jean, who is also a familiar face at athletics meetings and races.
Mr. Baldwin was one of the founders of Wrexham Amateur Athletic Club in 1954 and served as a coach and referee. For more than 40 years, he was the club’s cross country secretary and a stalwart of the North Wales Cross Country League from the outset. In 1998, he was made an MBE in recognition of his services to the sport and six years later he received a Meritorious Award from Welsh Athletics. He was a life-president of the Wrexham club and last year he became the first life member of the North Wales League.
The chairman of the Wrexham club, David Alun Williams, who joined the club in 1969 and took over as league secretary four years later, worked alongside Mr. Baldwin. “He was good to work with and was respected by everyone in the sport, both within the club and outside,” he said. “As a middle and long-distance coach, he helped bring on many outstanding young athletes over the years, several gaining international success. “Les was a dignified, quiet and thoughtful man with many friends who did things the right way. “He had strong values which he passed on to others. They were important for athletics and for life away from the track. “Our thoughts are with Jean, they were devoted to each other.”
As well as coaching, Mr. Baldwin continued to compete in races into his 70s. The latest newsletter of Wrexham Athletics Club has paid tribute to Mr. Baldwin, saying: “Les gave sterling service to the club and North Wales athletics. Our condolences go to his wife Jean.”
NORTH WALES XC LEAGUE
10 March. FINAL RESULTS 2014
17 February: Oswestry results are available on the Seniors Results Page.
11 February: North Wales 10 mile championships entry form.
2 February: North Wales XC Champs results are available on the Seniors Results Page.
26 January: Telford results are available on the Seniors Results Page.
10 December: Northop Junior League Results and Final Standings now available here. A picture of the junior winners:
26 November: Wrexham Senior League Results now available here.
North Wales XC Entry form available on the entry forms page.
7 September: JUNIOR LEAGUE DETAILS here.
7 September: LETTER RE. SENIOR LEAGUE from Dave Williams.
20 June: 2013/14 Senior fixtures now available. See the Fixtures Page.
17 February: North Wales XC results now on the Seniors Results Page. Thanks to everybody who attended the re-arranged North Wales Cross Country Championships. Anyone unable to attend the re-arranged Championships and who wants their entry fee returned should get in touch with David Williams by 28th February 2013. Tel 01978 820612
10 February: Oswestry results and the 2012-13 final season summary are available on the Seniors Results Page.
Photos of the North Wales XC Championships are available at SportsPicturesCymru courtesy of Gwynfor James.
North Wales 10 mile championship entry form available on the Entry Forms Page. .
1 February: North Wales XC Champs results now availble on seniors results page or via: NWXCChamps12. Pictures of the championships are available on http://www.sportpicturescymru.co.uk/northwalescrosscountrychampscymraeg2012.html
Congratulatons to all 2011-12 junior prize winners. The junior league champions were:
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