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David Gale


David was a talented, for both the 110m hurdles and
versatile athlete who was very the long jump. It is a mark of
competitive on the track but what a fine athlete he was that
also sociable off it. A six foot at his death he still held six
high jumper, twenty-three foot of the clubs veteran records
long jumper, triple jumper, although he had not competed
sprinter and hurdler. Such for more than 25 years.
versatility meant that as a team David was a larger than
player he could cover many
David Gale, a long serving life character who did not
club member and active in the events during a competition. understand I cant do that or
Winter track training facilities
clubs golden age of track and complain; he just got on with
field died in January this year. in the 1950s were scarce life. He loved a beer with his
especially in the evenings friends with lots of fun and
He was a member of the after work when all the tracks laughter and a game of darts,
clubs highly successful were closed. David was one a game at which he was most
track team of the late 1950s of those members who used proficient. An avid traveller
and early 1960s which was to climb over the fence at the who had travelled the world. He
captained by Norman Page. Ladywell track to train in the claimed he had been to every
Members of this team were dark, the only light coming country with a starting letter for
known as Pages Panthers and from the passing trains that each letter of the alphabet with
it is sad to report that another ran alongside the track! the exception of X.
Panther has run his last race. He was a Civil Servant He had a fighting spirit which
Born on 31st January 1935 working in the Exchequer outdid most people and made
David was educated at and Audit Department which him a force to be reckoned
Haberdasher Askes and joined enabled him to compete in the with in competition. He
the club in 1955 after doing Civil Service Championships fought cancer for a long time.
two years National Service where he won and broke both His wife Brenda predeceased
in the Royal Air Force. Just the 100 yards and high jump him and we send our
before going to Askes he records and be a member of sympathy to his three children
had meningitis and was on the Civil Service team. His job and the rest of the family.
the danger list for weeks and eventually took him to Bath
was warned not to play sport and then for 10 years to work John Lissaman
because of possible head for the Crown Agency in the
injuries. After a row with his Solomon Islands. Whilst there
mother he agreed not to play he was the manager of the
rugby but to concentrate on Solomon Islands athletic team
athletics. He was a member and to the surprise of the
of the school relay team that locals competed as well.
won the London schools title On returning home he
at the White City and as a competed for many years in
scout was the key boy in his veteran athletics and in 1978
troop winning the London he was top of the UK Veterans
championships. Ranking List in the under 45s
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