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.
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