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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

Athlete Spotlight – Charlotte Buckley

Tracy Barlow secures GB European Champs spot at London Marathon

Tracy Barlow 2:32:28 to take second in the English Championships at London Marathon 2018. Photo credit: Keith McClure

Tracy Barlow guaranteed her place in this summer’s European Championships after her ninth place finish and placing second British lady at the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Tracy has had a great winter, recently breaking her half marathon club record when representing GB at the world half marathon championships and running the quickest long leg at the national road relays. In such fantastic form, Tracy was hoping to go better than her two hours, 30 minutes and 42 seconds achieved from last year’s race and was well on pace with a 74 minutes first half but the tough warm conditions prevented her running a new personal best time.

Afterwards Tracy said “I was hoping for sub 2:30 but in those conditions, I think I am happy with how it went’’.

Tracy was pleased to get to the finish and settle for her second best marathon time of 2:32:09, which was well inside the 2:36:00 qualifying mark for the Euros that takes place in Berlin, Germany.

We will now look forward to seeing Tracy competing at some shorter distances on the road and on the track where she will help TVH defend their UKWAL title before heading to Berlin this August to be part of a six strong British women’s team in the European Marathon Cup.

Anna Lawson was TVH’s first lady home in the masses race. Anna race an impressive 3:17:21, a huge personal best over her 3:28.51 set in Dublin two years ago.

TVH also had eight men running at the London marathon. Simon Prigent had a brilliant run to come home first TVH athlete and 37th overall in new lifetime best time of 2:31:29, next home was James Ellis just 1 minute down on his best time with 2:39:36. Ryan Keane who is getting quicker with every race ran a well-judged race for a new PB of 2:46:57 with Sage Higgins-Pearce just 14 seconds behind also in a PB. Jonathon Baird missed out on his PB by 20 seconds with his strong 2:58:24. Experienced marathon runner Paul Woodgate ran his second quickest time over the marathon with 3:08:44, finishing just ahead of London marathon debutant, Naol Abagibe, who ran 3:09:26. TVH’s final finisher was Rizwan Rauf in 5:15:26 for TVH’s sixth PB of the day.

TVH Ladies win bronze Southern medals at the National Relays

Double Gold for TVH at Gold Coast Commonwealths