Tribute to David Wood

The following tribute has been shared by Blackpool Fylde & Wyre Running Club.

David Wood was the Gazette Athletic Correspondent for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC (BWF AC) for many years providing detailed reports of the athletic achievements of many club members over that period and therefore it is with great sadness that BWF AC has to announcing his passing earlier this month.

David was a Blackpool lad attending Thames Road Infant School before moving on to Palatine and upon leaving joined the Civil Service where he worked all his life. He became interested in running in the early 1990s, initially joining Red Rose Road Runners, but in 1995 transferred to North Fylde AC (NFAC) based at the Norcross Social Security Offices. 

He soon made a name for himself with his friendly manner and keenness to compete and would always volunteer to make up the team if it was short. He was an athlete you knew would never let you down and if he said he would compete he would be there – a true man of his word.

When NFAC & Blackpool & Fylde AC merged in 2006 to form BWF AC David’s running career was coming to a close due to injury. However, instead of disappearing as so many do, he found a new interest in Sports Photography and over the years honed this skill producing excellent photos of club members in action and also those in the other local clubs. He would then offer his photos to the clubs for their websites, social media pages and to the athletes themselves at no cost at all. 

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CLUB ACTIVITY – Update 17.05.2021


We are pleased to announce that after many months of lockdown, we are looking to slowly edging towards some sort of normality.

With effect from Monday 17th May, we can now meet at the Cricket Club and run in a group of up to 30. Our runners usually run in smaller groups dependent on pace and distance that you want to cover.

All club activity will still be subject to all the protocols that were in place last autumn, until the 21st June at the earliest. You will be required to book your attendance online following the link at the bottom of this page. 

The Wednesday structured sessions and social runs have also resumed. The structured sessions now have increased capacity and can accommodate 12 runners per EA qualified coach. Again, the same protocols will be in place and you are required to book your attendance online.

PLEASE NOTE – If you book a session and then are unable to attend, please remember to cancel your place. This is very important if you are attending a Wednesday structured session, as the places are limited. 

All sessions will need to be booked via our Online Booking System

Lancashire Cross Country Championships

The Lancashire Cross Country Championships were held at Witton Park in good conditions – an intermittent light drizzle but a comfortable temperature for running. The lack of recent rain meant underfoot conditions were good, with the only muddy spot at the gate at the bottom of the hill. However, times were in general a couple of minutes down throughout the field on last year.
Three ladies turned out for the 3 lap ladies race, unfortunately one short of a senior team. Kath Hoyer ran strongly to lead the women home in 53 rd and her efforts were rewarded with a V60 bronze medal. Anne Mayers-Smith followed three places behind while Lucy Neighbour closed out the Wesham squad in 77 th spot.

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