id1200-Charlie Elliott 1932-2010

Written by Ed   

The Club is very sad to have to advise the death of renowned coach and journalist,Charlie Elliott.

Charlie Elliott 8.8.32 - 29.12.10

Charlie was a tireless worker for Athletics,as an accompanying note from Peter Browne of TVH highlights,and much of his charm arose from his desire to help others enjoy our sport.

He was a member at Poly for a period when he coached several members,but he was also a Team Manager par excellence.In those days,the 60s mostly,Trophy and InterClub Meetings were the order of the day for Senior and Junior Sections,and Charlie spent a fortune chasing and encouraging athletes to compete for the Poly,much to the chagrin of some of his more conservative fellow Committee members,when he submitted the occasional expenses claim - no E Mail then,just postcards,day after day after day after day, to remind you of the next meeting!! He was selfless,and,I guess,what might be termed a maverick,even a renegade,but that was his forte and his attraction - and it worried him not a lot.

Great to have known you,Charlie!


Peter Browne writes:

It is with great sadness that I report the death of Charles Elliott on 29 December 2010, aged 78. Charles was one of the UK’s leading coaches in the 1970s, coaching athletes to International standard in a wide range of events from Sprints through to Steeplechase and High Jump.

Charles was the founder of Arena athletics magazine and a founder member of the Barrier Club.

His funeral will take place at 1:30 on Friday 28 January at Beckenham Crematorium, Elmers End, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4TD.

Message of condolence can be sent to Peter Browne (60 Kingsfield Road, Watford, Herts, WD19 4TR, telephone 01923 227510, email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) who will pass these on to Charles’ family.

Peter Browne


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