David passed away peacefully during the night of 29/30th
January 2020 at the nursing home where he had been for the past few months.
Born on 19.5.1948 in Denbigh, David studied at Bangor Normal
College, becoming a teacher in 1969 and was a former Primary School
He represented Bangor Normal College Harriers 1966-69 and
Wrexham AAC from 1969.
David was Vice Chairman of Wrexham AAC 1975-86, and Club
Chairman from 1986 to 2018. He was a Life Member and Honorary Life Vice
President of the club.
David was Secretary of the North Wales Cross Country
Association from 1973 to 2018, organising league & championship races, and
teams for the UK Inter Counties XC Champs. In 2018 he was made a Life President
of the North Wales Cross Country League
He was a Level 3 Endurance Official and he received a North
Wales ‘Services to Road Running Award’ in 2012 to mark the 50th
anniversary of the North Wales 10 mile Road Champs, which he organised for many
years, and all the road races he officiated at over the years eg.Flintshire 10k
(20+ years), Helena Tipping10k (25+ years), Village Bakery Half Marathon (20+
years), Border League races etc.
David competed in over 100 North Wales XC League races as
well as organising them, and the North Wales XC Champs, plus the North Wales 10
mile Road Champs. His best road race times were : 5 mile (28.12) in 1982, 10m
(57.14) in 1977, Llyn Tegid (67.53) 1982, half marathon (81.08) 1985, and
marathon (2.50.15) 1984.
David was a Life Member of Welsh Athletics (2005), with a
Meritorious Service Award (1994), Award of Honour (2013) and a Lifetime
Achievement Award (2016).
David will be sadly missed by all those who he came into
contact with in both athletics and also cricket where he enjoyed a such a distiguished
career as an umpire.