I am very sorry to inform all club members of the particularly sad news that Graham Dugdale, M65, passed away last weekend. This will come as a huge and unexpected shock to all of those within the club who knew Graham.
Arrangements: The funeral service for Graham will take place at Holy Cross Church, Parson’s Hill, Whitwick, Coalville, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch on Thursday 31st May at 12.30. Details can be seen here: Funeral Arrangements
Please also note that the family are hoping to have a get together in Devon for Graham's friends, perhaps in Chudleigh, at some stage following the funeral. When further details are known, they will be posted on this website.
Graham Dugdale: An Appreciation
Not only was Graham the Club's Membership Secretary, he also provided the regular Mailchimp news bulletins, he was a leading member of the club's SI team and was closely involved in the preparation and entries for the forthcoming Tamar Triple 2018 events. In short, he was an enormously dedicated club member who quietly got on with those key tasks necessary to the smooth running of the club.
The attached photograph shows Graham in characteristic mode, managing the SI entries and download, together with Eleanor Taylor, at this year's 5 Tors event on the 21st January.
As an M65, Graham regularly ran Green courses and, indeed, took part in the most recent Devon League event in Ashclyst Forest.
In his earlier years Graham was an outstandingly talented marathon runner, running sub 2 hours 20 minutes and was a keen fell runner, a one time member of Thames Valley Harriers, and had run the Pennine Way. Furthermore, Graham was one of the support runners for part of the infamous Joss Naylor's record time for running the Pennine Way. However, Wilf Taylor informs me that his inability to run quite so quickly on the downhill part of the fells meant that marathons, rather than fell-running, were his real forte and he ran two a year, including the British, and selecting others on the basis of the prizes on offer!
Wilf also knew Graham as a regular chess player and a keen participant in the local quiz such that Graham, Eleanor and Wilf had a recent year of winning all the quizzes in Chudleigh. Perhaps that is not surprising; unknown to most, Graham was a former Countdown Champion.
Our thoughts are with Graham's family, with Veronica and with close friends at this sad and difficult time. Club members will be informed of arrangements in due course.
Thames Valley Harriers
Club members will also be interested in this article produced by Paul Oppe and John Offley of Thames Valley Harriers:
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