Last amended at 12 August 2021


Eric Nash

Hilary Nash writes “ With regards to the death of Eric Nash, a thanksgiving service is being held at St Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate, EC3A 6AT at 10.30am, on Friday 3rd September. All who knew Eric are warmly invited. Please contact ian_nash@btinternet.com if you would like to attend as refreshments will be served afterwards.12-08-21

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eric Nash peacefully on Wednesday morning (16 June 2021). Eric was a former Secretary of the Southern Men's Association,  Secretary and President of Cambridge Harriers, President of the South of England A.A., South of England Cross Country Secretary and President of the English Cross Country Union amongst many other roles and honours. 18-06-21

John Neale

It is with the greatest sadness that I have to inform you all, that at one time the stalwart of Kent Athletics John Neale, passed away on Boxing day after a short illness. I had received a phone call this morning from his daughter Tracy, saying that he after a fall at home he was taken to hospital two weeks ago.

For those of you who did not know John, he was the Kent Officials Secretary before me and he was a hard act to follow, as he was a most meticulous man in the way he worked. He was a great support and mentor to those officials in which he saw potential. John became an official in the same way as many of us, as his daughter was a very good athlete and was a member of Dartford Harriers.

He and the family had gone to watch a GP at Crystal Palace and was more interested in watching the officials than the action on the Field of Play, that as one marksman was walking past him, he called him over and asked how he could become one of the Blazer brigade! The official in question was Ian Deaves (husband of Susan) who then guided John on the first steps to becoming the great official he was.

I believe John was probably the best Marksman that we have had in the UK and he was the instigator of the Call Room system in the UK after a Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace many years ago, where he realised that the athletes needed to be 'rounded up' before their event as many used to go AWOL!

Regrettably after his elder son died in tragic circumstances and then lost his beloved wife Joan, John stepped back from athletics but was still interested in what was going on in the athletics world.

There are many of us who benefited from Johns knowledge and encouragement over the years and I believe that those who work in his discipline of Starter& Marksman in Kent are of a special quality because of Johns knowledge being cascaded down.

As Officials Secretary John pushed on committee for Kent to be using new things like EDM & Photofinish, which again put Kent Athletes & Officials ahead of the game and is something we have tried to continue in the endeavour to provide quality competition in the county.

John highest achievement was to be Chief Marksman (Chief Starters Assistant) at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. Alas he was in his 80's when the 2012 Games were in London as I am sure he would have been there.

Kind regards

Gill Freeman (Officials Secretary) 8-01-20


Ken Gilbert
It is with great sadness that we report that Ken Gilbert (Past President & at one time Vice Chair of KCAA) passed away on Monday 20th May 2019.

Ken was very much involved with Kent athletics as well as at Regional and National level as a Field Judge. When ill health prevented Ken from doing that, he and Marion still came along to the Kent Champs & Sportshall, doing their bit to promote the need for officials and helping out in non-technical roles.

The funeral will take place on the 7th June 2019 at 14.00 at Barham Crematorium Barham Near Canterbury Kent CT4 6QU followed by a celebration of his life at Broome Park Barham Kent CT4 6QX. 23-05-19

Wendy Daniel
Sad to report that Wendy Daniel, our Track & Field Secretary, died on Tuesday 18 September 2018 aged 69, she had been unwell with Lung Cancer for some time.

Wendy Daniel has had a long dedication to athletics and for many years was the Administrator of the National Junior league but as a member of Blackheath & Bromley we in KCAA were fortunate that when she stood down from the national appointment she joined our T&F committee as Secretary & also as KYAL Administrator.

With a small working group she set about modernising the league with her focus being on athletes and the importance of as many as possible had a chance to compete. During this time we saw considerable growth and it is clear that the growth seen there has been reflected in U13 & U15 championship competition which stems from their first experience in the KYAL, and our Cambridge Harriers club member Noel Carmody (a National Walks Judge) is sure that the KYAL has been a reason for so many young Kent Walkers appearing at national level.

I think Kevin Winch (a KYAL Team Manager) sums up the feedback we have received “So sorry to hear this sad news thoughts with family and friends, and thank you for all the support Wendy gave the young athletes in the KYAL”

Wendy’s funeral will take place on 10th October at 12:30 at the new Kemnal Park Crematorium, A20 Sidcup Bypass, Sidcup BR7 6RR. 24-09-18

Daphne Reed - Obituary

I am sorry to have to inform you that Daphne Reed has passed away at the age of 90 after experiencing ill health for a while. Daphne was a member of Bromley Ladies (now part of Blackheath & Bromley) for many years and a well-respected Track Referee and gave a great service to Kent and the South of England. Personally Daphne gave me a lot of sage advice and I shall be forever grateful to her.

If any of you wish to attend the funeral it is on the 4th May at 12 noon. This will take place at St Johns Church, Blindley Heath, Surrey. If you could please let Chris Head-Rapson or myself know if you wish to attend so that the family will be aware.

The instruction is that attendees do not wear black and that there are only family flowers and any donations should be made to Alzheimers UK.

Gill Freeman (Officials Secretary)

Bob Matthews

It is with great sadness that we have heard, Bob Matthews, MBE, former Medway A.C athlete, has died, aged 56.

Many of us will have fond memories of Bob’s time with Medway A.C. Bob, who was visually impaired, won a total of 13 Paralympic medals in athletics and set 22 world records ranging from 800m to the marathon. Bob later emigrated to New Zealand whom he then went on to represent in cycling and triathlon.

Our thoughts are with his family.

Hon. Sec
Medway & Maidstone AC


KCAA is sorry to announce that Paul Alcock (Field Official) lost his fight with cancer earlier in the week (29 January 2018); Gill Freeman will be emailing details of the funeral, once known, to all officials.

Lin Neeves Medway & Maidstone Secretary penned the following tribute:

“Paul was a former Chairman of M&M and was instrumental in getting sponsorship towards the track facilities at Sutton Valence School as well as negotiating with Medway Council before the opening of the track at Medway Park. He was a former high profile football referee and although he gave up refereeing after a highly publicised incident, he still remained active in the background. What appeared to be football's loss was athletics gain as he became a qualified field official and volunteered for London 2012 and the Invictus Games.”

He will be sorely missed in the both the Athletics & Football Community in Kent. 10-01-18

Len Murphy 20-10-16

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.



A Tribute to the life and athletics service of Dave Holder (1945 - 2016) from England Athletics 6-06-16

Read Gill Freeman's 'letter' to Dave...

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