Dave Todd RIP
It is my sad duty to report the death of club member Dave Todd, aged 66.
Initially a member of Havering Athletic Club, the London-born, Manchester-trained teacher returned to the metropolis and first taught in a large London Comprehensive that backed onto Parliament Hill Fields, the home of the National Cross Country.
Having attended Manchester University from 1964 Dave decided to return to the north, joining Stretford AC (now Trafford) where he was a useful distance runner in both summer and winter, representing Manchester Clubs versus Liverpool Clubs over 3000 metres in the mid-70s. Early in his veteran career Dave moved to Sale Harriers where the veteran teams were more developed.
In retirement Dave's attempts to return to his former fitness level were frustrated despite much cycling, walking, running and working out in the gym. In September 2011 Dave ran in the Ron Hill Birthday 5K race, placing 191st and last. 2012 saw a repeat of the same race...but somehow managed to get lost! Over the last two years Dave had great pride in getting around the Sale Sizzler 5k series, each time again placing last...but certainly not least.
Dave kept in touch with his University roots, attending the Cross Country Club Christmas dinner on December 8th, exactly a week before he died, and was in excellent spirits. He also went on tour with the University touring team (Alehouse Academicals) to the Isle of Man last Easter.
Dave's daughters have received many tributes, including from Olympians Ron Hill and Andy Carter. Dave was held in great respect and affection by all who knew him: a common theme in the tributes was that Dave never had a harsh word for anyone, and was a true gentleman.
Posted 24/03/2013 11:41