SIXTY YEARS AGO
Athletics events stole the show at Pontypridd Council's Air Show on Whit Monday 1960. By their conduct and sportmanship the athletes were a credit to Welsh Athletics and the people of Pontypridd were quick to show their appreciation.
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FIFTY YEARS AGO
Troedyrhiw AC decided in 1970 to hold track events at the Afon Taf track instead of their annual road races.
They were run in complete darkness and the timekeepers had to use cigarette lighters to read
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
In 1950 the Welsh AAA instituted a Plaque of Honour for valued services rendered by members and the first award was made posthumously to the late
Mr E W O'Donnell.
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The 76th Welsh Senior XC Champs held at a cold, wet and windy Swansea on
2 Feb 1980 were a bit
of an anti climax.
Steve Jones and Tony Simmons broke away from the field and decided to
run in together to create the first ever dead heat in the history of the race.
Alan and Brenda Currie have many years of experience in compiling athletics records and statistics. They were joint editors of the Welsh Athletics Annual from 1980 to 1995, and two of the five co-compilers of the History of Welsh Athletics published in 2000. They were once official statisticians to Welsh Athletics and have been members of NUTS for over thirty five years.
Alan's involvement in athletics extends back over 50 years to when he took up running in the late 1950s. He was secretary of the West Wales RAC and was secretary of his club, Neath Harriers, from 1969 until 2012.
He has been a graded track official since 1970 and officiated at the Commonwealth Games of 1986 and 1994 as well as at many other major meetings. Alan was also a Welsh selector for track and field teams for over 30 years.
He was President of Welsh Athletics from 2006 to 2009 and was a Director of Welsh Athletics until 2012 and is also a Life Member. He received a Life Time Achievement Award from Welsh Athletics in 2010.
In 2013 Alan received an award from British Athletics in recognition of over 40 years service to officiating.
Since moving to Wales in 1980, Brenda has become heavily involved in Welsh Athletics. From 1986 to 1998 she worked as the National Administrator for Welsh Athletics. She was the Secretary of the General Council from 2008 until 2012 and was a member of the Track and Field Committee for many years.
When the History of Welsh Athletics was published in two volumes, the second volume on statistics was primarily her work.
Brenda is also a graded track official, officiating at many meetings in Wales.
Together with Alan, she ran the Welsh Men's League and the Welsh Women's League for 15 years and was also a Welsh Selector for track and field teams.
Alan and Brenda Currie
were the first husband and wife team
to be awarded
the Welsh Athletics Award of Honour.