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 Activities Update


UPDATE ON COVID-19. Updated 19th October 2020

We continue to hold our Monday Club Evening and also make available the opportunity for members to take part in a social run on a Wednesday evening.  There will be no limit on attendees on either evening at the Cricket Club as we are operating in a Covid-19 Secure Environment, however there should now be no socialising before or after a run. With this in mind, we ask that those who are joining us do not come onto the cricket field area before 6.55pm and if you do arrive before this time you should take the opportunity for a warm up lap around the field. The evening’s run brief will take place at 7pm promptly and then  runners will set off in small groups of no more than six, ensuring that social distance is maintained at all times. It is essential that, if you are attending either evening, you must book in advance by using our online booking system. If you or anyone in our household has any virus symptoms, you must not attend. Please note that the cricket club pavilion is currently closed and there is no access for any facilities.

Wednesday evening structured sessions will continue as at present and details of the appropriate session for the week ahead will be updated on our website – the maximum number of participants will be 5 for each session.

All sessions will be available for booking over the weekend in readiness for the following Monday/Wednesday and you will be able to check the website for details . The calendar on the booking page will give details of who else has booked on a session in case you wish to train with runners of similar ability and as far as Wednesday structured sessions are concerned the relevant coach will make contact with you in advance to confirm the precise location details

To book sessions please visit Your confirmation email will set out the protocols that we have adopted to keep everyone safe, and you are requested to follow these.

Please do keep on running as we are encouraged to keep fit and healthy.

Thanks for your understanding and keep well.

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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