News from Havering AC

Dave Holland RIP

We’re very sad to report that our long-standing life member Dave Holland, who had chalked up well over 50 years with the club and predecessors, passed away suddenly on Tuesday 14th July, aged 76.

Dave was a very active club member in former years, and as a Romford AC member was part of the team who brought that club together with Hornchurch Harriers to form Havering AC in 1968 and he went on to hold several key Committee roles in the club.

He was a sub three hour marathoner and competed in the London event twice. He was also a keen club team member who regularly filled gaps where needed on the track and field.

He organised the original Havering Half Marathon and the club Boxing Day handicap for some years and until recently he attended the track for a leisurely training “run” with other long-standing members every Wednesday evening. Dave was also a regular volunteer at the Raphael Parkrun after he was unable to run himself.

Our thoughts are with his wife Stella and other family members at this very sad time

England Athletics Virtual 5k Road Running Championships

Paralympic hopeful and Havering Sports Council’s former Disability Sports Performer Kieran O’Hara won gold in the England Athletics Ambulant T20 category in their Virtual 5k Road Running Championships recently with an excellent clocking of 16m 47s.  With their original 5k Championships cancelled due to the Covid pandemic England Athletics launched a free virtual race with runs taking place over the weekend of 11th to 13th July. Runners were required to provide post-race evidence via GPS data and over 1,700 competitors took the opportunity to compete during a time when running activity remains restricted.

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