Hadleigh Olympiads Athletic Club

I am writing a history of Hadleigh Olympiads for which I have substantial material.  This is however piecemeal,  thus I would be grateful for any recollections or anecdotes from any previous members. Thanks.

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  • I competed for Hadleigh in the mid to late 1960s mainly in Shot and Javelin. Margaret Whitbread was our coach!
    There is a story in the news about a Belgium Shot Putter who ran 100 metres hurdles to gain points in the European Team championships in Poland.
    And I can remember doing the same thing on many an occasion, and didn’t come last!!!

    By Vince Carrington (27/06/2023)
  • Jim. Many thanks for your contribution and insights. There are still some old athletes around and I would appreciate any digital photos you have on your time at the club. Cheers Trevor

    By TrevorLaw (16/05/2023)
  • I was a junior member through the 1950s. One year I won the Christmas Day road race and was also a member of the junior team that won the Essex crosscountry race around 1955? And 1956 ( I have a photo of the winning team for this year). I was also junior committee member around this time.

    By Jim Coombs (15/05/2023)
  • Many thanks for your contribution Rob. The book is slowly coming together – even through the lens of some 60 years! There are a few of us still going.

    Any other thoughts?


    By Trevor Law (14/03/2023)
  • I was a member of Hadleigh Olympiads many years ago. Some members were the Law brothers and most Sunday mornings we would take a training run from the the club house down to Rayleigh Weir along the A127 as far as Pound Lane, into Pound Lane and up to the A13, turn left and back to the club house via Tarpots, Bread and Cheese Hill, Victoria House Corner, Left at the Waggon and Horses and finally into the club house. Every Christmas Morning Jack Bardell would sponser a Handicap race from the pub completing a circle as far as Sketchleys and back to the Crown. Every News Year’s Day some of us would enter the North of the Thames cross country race usually held somewhere in North West London. Needless to say having celebrated the New Year, you won’t be surprised to know that as a team we never won it .
    From my point of view it was a really friendly club attracting lots of members; Andy Green (an international athlete) and his wife Mary were members. I think the best thing about the club was that members were sports people first who actually enjoyed athletics. I can’t remember when the club ceased to exist and moved to Waterside on Canvey. It would be interesting to hear from old members of the club.

    By Rob Keen (13/03/2023)

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