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Spen A.C. 50th Anniversary

posted 29 Sep 2015, 12:12 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 6 Apr 2016, 03:19 ]
Founded fifty years, ago in the summer of 1965, Spenborough and District Athletics Club celebrated this occasion at the Lakeside Restaurant on Friday night. Originally part of Airedale and Spen Valley Athletics Club based in Bradford a number of girls training at the Princess Mary athletics track in Liversedge asked their parents if they would form a club for them and a few boys asked if they could also join so the new club was formed. 1970 saw the construction of a stand at the Princess Mary Athletics Stadium and in 1974 the Spenborough club was one of the first stadiums in the country to acquire a new 'tartan track'. 
The new all weather track gave the club athletes an opening to better competition and brought a number of good athletes to the club including Peter Crampton, who won the European Junior title at 400m. Peter went on to be a member of the GB 4 x 400m squad and ran in the 400 metres hurdles in the Atlanta Olympics.

Guest of honour at the celebration was Dr Ron Hill MBE (pictured below). Ron was an international long distance runner of distinction winning the European Marathon in Athens in 1968 and the Commonwealth Marathon in Edinburgh in 1970 as well as representing Great Britain in three Olympic Games. Ron entertained his audience with tales of his early running days, his hard training regime and of his experiences in the many countries that he has competed in.

In its fiftieth year the club is thriving with over 300 members and self manages the Princess Mary Athletics Stadium on the Monday and Thursday training nights. At the celebration on Friday night long standing members Roy and Marjorie Bain and Sheila Bolland were recognised for their service to the club.

Photos from the evening can be viewed one the club's Flickr site here.

Spenborough Club's 50th celebration showing Sheila Bolland, second from left, Marjorie Bain, third left and Roy Bain, far right being presented by event organisers Emma Rawnsley, centre, Rob Chaplin and Jackie Carter.