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Last amended at 20 October 2016

Len Murphy

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 their factories.

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 Kent.

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 the cold.

He was never took coach or official qualifications but was the reliable regular volunteer helping wherever needed and will be greatly missed.

With thanks to Denis Foxly for providing the basis of this obituary.

 


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