TVH’s 2018 Outdoor County Champs Medal Winners

Graham Dugdale

We are sad to report the death of Graham Dugdale, who died at home on the weekend of the 5th/6th May. TVH members Paul Oppe and John Offley share their memories of Graham.

Graham joined TVH in September 1973 and played a prominent part in the TVH Road and Cross Country success of the 1970s. Graham was a well-liked and respected member who provided leadership and inspiration to many TVH members. I first met Graham when I came down to join TVH in September 1976. I had recently joined a local company as an Operational Research Analyst, a fairly obscure profession and was amazed to find myself jogging round Linford Christie stadium with a fellow Operational Research practitioner. Graham recovering from a recent marathon quickly got me involved in the TVH Middle Distance Group under Les Pulman. Graham was the leader, inspiring a group of athletes who provided the nucleus of the winning 1978 Southern Cross Country and 12 stage Relay teams. It was Graham who suggested the 12 stage prize of a gallon bottle of whisky be donated to the Clubhouse fundraising raffle. Without a doubt the success of TVH Road running from 1974-1980 was hugely influenced by Graham.

Graham helped set up memorable training camps on the sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr in South Wales and was a fellow member of the TVH Sunday Night Drinking Club which met at various pubs on the Piccadilly Line. Graham’s best achievement was 3rd place in the 1977 AAA marathon in 2hr 17m 16 sec. Graham took an interest in all disciplines in the club, supporting the British Athletics League team and up and coming youngsters. Graham moved away from London in 1980 and I would suggest that between 1973 and 1980 he was known by all members active, coaching or committee. He continued to support the club with several significant donations as well as popping up as a spectator at events all over the Country, the last such occasion being the National Road Relays in Birmingham in April 2018. –  Paul Oppe 

Soon after Graham joined TVH he won the Club 10 mile cross country Championship from Dai Davies, and followed it up with success in the tough Isle of Wight Marathon. Chris Brasher persuaded us to be part of the back-up crew for Joss Naylor’s Pennine Way record attempt, with Graham accompanying him on the first leg over the Cheviot Hills and Joss finally set a new best time.  In 1976 Graham won the Belgrave 20 in 1:47:14;  in 1977 his marathon personal best in the AAA’s race at Rugby  was followed up with a win in the Etienne Gailly Marathon in Belgium. This prefaced quite a few races abroad, including a second place in a half marathon in Switzerland with a PB of 67:57. His last marathon of note was 4th place in the 1979 Milton Keynes race, just over 20 seconds slower than his best. Outside the marathons, Graham was a valuable member of the Club’s teams on the road and over the country and contributed much to their successes. In the 80s work took him to the Midlands, where he moved to Ashby-de- la Zouch and joined Notts AC. He became interested in hill walking, culminating in LEJOG (i.e. Lands End to John-O’-Groats!), which he achieved successfully in 2002.  I suspected he regarded this as his greatest achievement. He moved to Devon soon after, and we visited him in Chudleigh in 2005 on our way to the British Orienteering Championship, and we have wondered if this encouraged him to try the sport. Graham joined the Devon Orienteering Club and in recent years took on the roles of membership secretary and organising events. –  John Offley

Strong season opener for TVH’s Vets

What a first night of competition for the TVH Vets!

 
Allan McSween started it off in a hotly contested M35A 100m race to claim second place by just .1 of a second with a time of 12 seconds flat. 
Bai Bai Conteh then smoked the opposition with an emphatic win in the M35B in 12.3s.
 
In the field Greg Bennett threw a new M35 Discus PB with 23.7meters putting him a close 2nd place in a tightly packed top 3 (all throwing 23meters).
 
Delroy Mitchell totally outclassed the field in the M35A 400m, winning by over a 3 second margin in 54.7 seconds.
Christian Neilson started his return to competition after injury with a 5th place 75s 400m in the M35B race.
 
Having just joined the club Maurice Quirke got straight into action with a 6th place M50 400m of 67.5 seconds. 
Jim Blakemore ran as a non-scorer in the M50 400m for time of 69 seconds.
 
A controversial 2000m walk saw the last three finishers not being given a time – this wasn’t an issue for Paul Woodgate though as he finished third M35 in 14 mins 25 seconds.
 
Back on the field Bai Bai Shot Putted 9.08meters to take second place M35, just 3cm back of first.
Jim Blakemore stepped into the circle for an extremely valuable M50 4th place 7.06 meters.
 
Greg Bennett long jumped a fairly distant 3rd place in the M35 with 4.63meters.
 
The 1500 is a popular event at the Vet meets and the men were split into two races; M35A/B first followed by M50/M60 & Non-scorers.
Christian Neilson and Paul Woodgate ran in the M35 with Paul (5m21s) 6th scorer for the A-string and and Christian (5m36s) 4th scorer in the B-string.
Jim Blakemore backed up his 400m and shot put for a hard earned 6th place M50 1500 in 5m42s.
 
To finish the night the men’s 4x400m was lead out by Bai Bai who quickly opened out a massive lead which was then squandered by Greg when he tripped at the 300m mark, rejoining grazed back in second place, handing over to Allan who clawed back some meters on leg three so when Delroy started the final leg it looked possible on the back straight that he might reel in the 1st place Hillingdon runner, but had to ease off due to complaining hamstring and settle for an eventful 2nd place.
 
All this amounted to a TVH total of 79 points which placed us equal 5th with Highgate Harriers and just 4 points (1 more scoring event) behind the 4th place Ealing Southall & Middlesex so please encourage your fellow TVH vets to get involved.
 
Big thanks to all who gave their time on a Monday evening to compete & support and I hope to see you all at Perivale on the 4th of June for match two.

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