at 20 October 2016
KCAA unfortunately has to report the death of Len
Murphy (a Past President of KCAA) who passed away on the 17th October 2016
from cardiac arrest and pneumonia after a prolonged period of illness.
Len had a first taste of athletics when he worked for
CAV in Rochester and they used to have a big annual athletics meeting of all
Dick Adams, a Cross Country England International
introduced him in the late 50s to the City of Rochester Athletics Club, and
that was the start of his long association with club & county athletics in
His events were mainly 440yds to 1 mile on the track
and Cross Country and Road Running in the other seasons.
The 50s also saw the start of inter Company track
leagues and Len, now working for Elliots which later became GEC, was one of
the foremost 'pioneers'. When the City of Rochester AC amalgamated with
Maidstone Harriers in 1968, Len left Rochester to form a combined Elliots/Aylesford
Paper Mills Athletic Club. Later Aylesford folded and Len became Secretary
of now GEC Athletic Club, and with Bill Alexander, who was General Manager
at GEC when it changed built one the strongest Clubs in Kent as history
recorded on many county trophies show.
In the early 70s he went onto the Kent Committee and
although he would never take a Secretary’s post, he did serve on the
'active' committees for a number of years and until only 4 years ago KCAA
committee meetings & Awards Dinner were held in GEC venues which Len had
secured on an ongoing basis for us despite now having long since retired.
In 1998 he became the 9th President of the KCAA after
which he continued to serve on the Committee (which became the Council) and
helped at both Track & Field & Cross Country; in later years sitting on the
registration desk; which for those who know our Championships can be cold
locations and was always willing to offer warmth from his hip flask feeling
He was never took coach or official qualifications but
was the reliable regular volunteer helping wherever needed and will be
With thanks to Denis Foxly for providing the basis
of this obituary.