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 (updated 30.12.2020)

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Following the latest government announcement made 30.12.2020, we are disappointed to find ourselves in Tier 4. It is therefore inevitable that club activities continue to be suspended until further notice.

We will continue to provide our members with virtual challenges to ensure that everyone remains motivated during these unprecedented times. For January we present to you our MED Challenge (Move Every Day) All you need to do is undertake one of the following in order to move EVERY DAY: Run / Walk / Cycle – at least 1 mile OR a 30 minute workout of your choice 1 activity for every day – please annotate your activity each day with WRR – MED Day 1 etc.

Please keep an eye on your emails for further updates to club activities as we will continue to update our members as changes occur.

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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