This service was recognised in some way when he was appointed President of the English Cross Country Union.
The photograph is taken from his book written for Longwood’s Centenary in 1888, the writing of which was an achievement to be proud of and one that continues to provide access to the early years of the sport in the Huddersfield area. Regular weekly paper-chases being one example of the way things used to be run. The book also charts the ups and downs of the club through that particular century.
Here’s an excerpt from his introduction…
‘Sixty years a member of Longwood Harriers A.C. and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of it.
As a runner I was never an international star, but I always enjoyed a battle on the club runs on a Saturday afternoon, and the joy of selection to run in the county championships. When all the runs were over, no luxury of a shower, but a tin bath of cold water in the yard for us – happy days.’
I like to think of myself as a team man though I managed to win the club cross country races and the road races, taking the fastest time awards. But at the end of the day, I used to look forward to laying trails around Huddersfield and district for the lads to follow.
One thing stands out more than anything else, and that is the friendships and the joy of mixing with others from all over England. Long may it continue to be so…’
He would have enjoyed this week’s race and course but due to increasing ill health he never quite made it up to Thurstonland which was first used for the race in September 2000
(Text by Andy Miller, Longwood Harriers)