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Last updated 11 December 2023



More sad news: Past President Les Roberts passed away on 7 December 2023. Les, like Richard Coles, had been suffering ill health for may years (Parkinson’s). He was President in 2007/8 having joined the club in 1978. He was a very intense runner winning many events on road, track and country. He failed to make 80 by three weeks. Our thoughts and condolences are with Hannah.

"Some of you already know that Les has been receiving hospice at home care these last two weeks.
Les passed peacefully this lunchtime. I was lying with him and holding him all morning. He slipped quietly away just after I left his side for a short while.
Please don’t think of Les as the man grounded by Parkinson’s. Remember him as he truly was : a wonderful man, a lovely man, full of athletic energy and joie de vivre. He was my soulmate and my heart is breaking.
Hannah xxx"



Paul Barrington-King's article in an old Gazette - submitted by Chris Woodcock.


LE QUESNEY 1980 - report submitted by Chris Woodcock

The link to the Funeral Director’s page for Richard; Tribute to Richard Coles, 1954 - 2023 10-12-23

Very sad to inform you that Past President Richard Coles passed away on 19 November 2023. Richard, who was only 69, joined the club in 1968 and was President in 1999/2000. He was a prolific runner representing the club at all levels especially in Cross Country. He made the first team every year (when you had to be selected) from when he was a Junior until he became a Vet. He had been unwell for many years.  28-11-23

Across the Garden of England
We are sombre in grief
We salute a Kent Warrior
From the fields of Blackheath
The ‘Everywhere Man’
From the World Student Games
On his way he soon shot to fame
On the road, the country
Or 12 stage relay
Always had a smile
He would brighten your day
Elbows turned out
Across the common he dashed
You knew he was coming
From that unmistakeable ‘tache
A stalwart of The Harriers
We will miss you dear friend
But I still see you in the distance
Around the next bend and
No matter for bonze, silver or gold
We will treasure our memories
Of the great Richard Coles
Guy Dwelly (Bracknell AC) 29-11-23

Some photos from Pat Calnan


Sad to report that long standing member VP Len Dalmon died on 6 May 2023. Len joined Blackheath 41 years ago and was 88 years old.

His funeral was held on Monday 5 June at Kent & Sussex Cemetery Chapel, Ben Hall Mill Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5JJ.



It is with great sadness that we announce that VP Rob Brown died on his birthday, 9 May 2022, following his battle with cancer. Rob join Blackheath in 1990 and he was 72 years old.

He was  made a Vice President in 2007 and had been Membership Secretary for many years and, until his illness, an active vets/masters athlete. 9-05-22


From Chris Woodcock - BMAF Inter Area - Oct. 2016 - Wimbledon Common

Just heard that Peter Davis passed on last Sunday, 24 April 2022. Peter had been suffering from Alzheimer's.  He had 70 years membership, was 86 and lived in New South Wales. The Baldwins are in OZ and say 'Cemetery is an easy train ride from Andrew's (John's son) so Margaret and I will attend on the 6th May.' 30-04-22

Sad news that an older member, Lyn Atterbury, died Thursday 21 April 2022. Lyn had lived in Poland for many years and had been battling cancer. He was just over 75 and had been a member since September 1963. The funeral was in Poland. 25-04-22

Sad to report that in October 2021 one of our oldest members, Philip Critchley, died aged 90. Philip was a great supporter of the club cross-country and mob matches and a regular at the clubhouse until his move to Ashford. He had been a member for over 61 years. In 1989 Philip was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in recognition of his work at the Department of Transport. 7-11-21

Obituary for Philip Critchley CB, MA, FRSA. From Stella Critchley

After his happy years at Manchester Grammar School, Philip went to Balliol College, Oxford where he read Classics and Philosophy. He did his National Service in the Intelligence Corps, mostly in Germany, then entered the Civil Service in London. He rose to the rank of Under Secretary, working in the Dept. of Environment, where he managed the North West Study and was particularly pleased with getting the William Harvey Hospital sited on the edge of Ashford in Kent, near to junction 10 on M20. He moved to the Ministry of Transport to oversee the development of the motorway system. He was particularly concerned with design and safety; he was horrified by the recent “smart motorway “ installations. He made sure there was a new service area at Clacket Lane on M25 to fill a gap on the heaviest used stretch, and provided contracts for wild meadow flowers on embankments – hence the glorious cowslips at Capel le Ferne.
Throughout his life, he was an enthusiastic cross-country runner and also competed in about 15 road marathons, but he was happiest fell-running and climbing in the Lake District, to which he retired for 20 years before returning to his family in Ashford when he became frail. He lived near Ulverston and worked for the mental health charity Mind, having trained as a councellor. Philip was a strong, kind and hardworking man, loved and respected by his friends and family: brother Neville, wife Stella , children Conrad, Brian and Rachel, their 12 children and stepchildren and two small great grandsons.

Sad to report that long term supporter and official David Benneworth has died aged just 73. David suffered a fall at home, was taken to hospital but deteriorated over a few days and died early morning of 7 September 2021. David was still field event judging until two or three years ago. His wife Bridget also played her part in the club, in particular as a team manager and behind the counter at the Norman Park snack bar. Our thoughts are with Bridget and her daughters.

David’s funeral took place on Wednesday 13 October 2021 at Beckenham Crematorium. 13-10-21

Alan Domleo



Alan was first claim for Derby & County but had been  second claim for Blackheath Harriers. A 2h 17m marathon man was 77 when he passed on 23 August 2021. 1-09-21

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Pauline Wilson
It is with great sadness that we are having to write and inform you that Mum, Pauline (PP Ian Wilson's wife), passed away yesterday afternoon (22 July 2021). As you may be aware she had been ill for a long time and over the last few weeks had been deteriorating; this escalated rapidly yesterday and she passed away peacefully around lunchtime." Ben & Mark Wilson 23-07-21


Pauline's funeral was on Monday 6 September 2021 at Banbury Crematorium, Southam Rd, Banbury OX16 1ST. Mark & Ben 23-08-21

Ian Wilson PP

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Dad has finished his last race.  He passed away in the early hours of this morning, 6 December 2020, very peacefully as he surged across the finishing line.

We are all devastated and are taking our time to remember an amazing, kind and thoughtful man.

As some of you will know Mum has her own medical issues and has found this quite overwhelming, tiring and draining.

Kind Regards

Mark and Ben

The following write-up comes from Pat Calnan, PP:

It had already been a tough year for the passing of Club members and now we have lost Past President Ian Wilson. As always his obituary will appear in the Gazette and it will need to be a bumper edition, but briefly…

Joined the Club in June 1959 and was just 76 years old.

Best of 7th in the Southern Junior Cross Country Champs.
Best of 16th in the National Junior Cross Country Champs.
Best of 11th in the Southern Senior Cross Country Champs.
Best of 70th in the National Senior Cross Country Champs.

Finished in the scoring 6 in all 15 Nationals he ran for the Club
Finished in scoring 6 in 15 of the 17 Southerns he ran for the Club.
A regular in the Club’s road relay teams and a British League track athlete

Pb for 5000m – 14.47.4
Pb for 10,000 – 30.26.6
Pb for 10 miles – 50.49
Pb for marathon – 2.28.16

Club President 1981-82, one of our youngest ever Presidents
President of the Southern Counties Cross Country Association 1982
President of the South Of The Thames Cross Country Association 1982

Southern CCCA team manager

England Cross Country Union Junior mens team manager
England Cross Country Union Senior mens team manager

Great Britain Senior Mens Cross Country team manager 1989 – 1995 including 7 World Cross Country Championships

Blackheath Cross Country and Road team manager

Active coach since 1964 and to, amongst others, 10 time world record holder Angela Copson, the first over 65 woman in the world to run under 6 minutes for the mile. (Read “The Runners Year” by Ian on the website)

Level 2 starter and marksman.
Vice President of Leicestershire and Rutland AA.

News of his passing has brought tributes from former National cross country champions Tim Hutchings, Dave Clarke, John Nuttall and Andrea Whitcombe; from many whose first experience of International competition was under his charge; from Ian Byett on behalf of the ECCA, from marathon legend Bill Adcocks; from International athlete, announcer and father of Jake, Geoff Wightman; and from many others whose lives he touched. Although he had been ill for a while, and lived at a distance from Hayes, he was still closely following Club matters. One of his articles is in the can for the next Gazette and he had contributed to Agata Cienciala’s MA research.

Laughter was never far away when Ian was around and he is going to be missed by a lot of people, who will be thinking of Pauline and sons Mark and Ben and their families. 23-12-20


Colin Brand PP
Sadly we have to report that Colin finally succumbed to his illness on the 5 September 2020 aged 84. He joined Blackheath Harriers in 1952, 68 years ago, and was elected President in 1979. An ever present in the heavy events of which the Javelin was his main event - from junior to senior to veteran.

A Kent Junior champion, a Kent Senior Champion, a County, Area and National Masters champion, a National Record Holder, a National League athlete, a Southern League athlete, a Masters League athlete, a Head of Communications, a Gazette Editor, a 200 Club organiser, a Committee member, a rower, a supporter of Cross Country, a supporter of track and field.

Although not built as a runner he did complete the London Marathon in 1982 in the very reasonable time of 4h 13m. In latter years he will be remembered for helping out at the bar on Wednesday nights and supporting, along with his wife Past President Alison Brand, all the social events. 1-12-23



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