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Monday, 29 May 2017 19:19

Mick Ward on tour

Hi Dave,

I wondered if these photos and results might provide  interest and inspiration  on the Olympians Facebook page, Olympians Club Records and the Olympians History and Tributes page on the club website.  Mick's result, at the World Vets 25km Road Racing Championships, was not publicised at the time, nor was it recorded in the Club records as computers were not being used as extensively as now.

In July 1994, Mick and I travelled to Canada where Mick took part in the World Vets 25k Running Championships.  Mick won Bronze in the V60 category,  in a time of 1h.38min.16secs,  on a hot 31st July, beaten by the famous Ed Whitlock. The GB team also won Bronze in the event.  Mick is pictured in his Oswestry vest on Ed Whitlock's heels at 17km, and in the  GB Team photo receiving Bronze Medals .

 Mick Ward 1

We have  a few other photos of this event and about 100 photos of our trip to Canada which also involved a canoe/camping trip in La Mauricie National Park.



Tuesday, 01 July 2014 20:07

Club Kit

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                                      New club running T-Shirts and Vest are now available.

                                      Vest £15

                                      T-Shirts £17

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Club Hoodie


            Club Hoodies Available


           Hoodies and writing come in 3 Colours     :    Black   :    Red    :   White

           You choose the writing on the right side


          These are available from


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          Price can be obtaind from TPX






Club Buff


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Club Chairman

Trevor Searle

 Steve Barnfield

Deputy Chairman

Steve Barnfield

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Mary Thornton & Lyndon Dudding

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Club Treasurer

Nick Blake

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Triathlon Rep

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In 2003 - the target was simple, by running a Club (Seniors and Juniors) Relay around the Park Hall running track, the aim was to beat Paula Radcliffes world marathon record of 2:15::25 which was set in London 13th Apr 2003 and to raise oodles of cash for the club track fund.


The first leg was shared between  Doug Morris Club Life President and Junior Olympian Kezia Ogden and then after that mixed groups of athletes ran in 15 Lap batch relay legs varying from 50m - 200m legs depending on age and ability.

This was no mean challenge, running over105 Laps of the track !

Approximately 123 Club Members either ran or helped out in some way on the day.

And did we do do it ?

The club achieved a time of 1 hour 54 Minutes and 28 seconds and raised well over £2,000 in sponsorship.

See the attached team photo and see if you recognise any faces who were proud to say that they were there on the day that Oswestry Olympians beat Paula Radcliffe. 


16th May 1982 - the date of the first Oswestry Olympians 10 Mile Road Race.

50p to enter or £1 if you entered on the day !  196 Runners took up the challenge.

The race was won by R. O'Hara of Sparkhill Harriers in a very respectable   50min and 7 secs

First Oswestry was Chris Hall in 57 min 14 secs.

First Oswestry Lady Margaret Webb 65 Mins and 9 secs.


There was also a fun run classification for Non -Club Runners.

Soon to be club runners mentioned are Leon. Dallow, Gordon. Manson, Mike. Harrington and  Ian. Watkins !!



Attached is a hand scripted list from Margaret Morris, of the Oswestry Olympians who finished the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon back in 1998.

I few familiar names from the past and a few still running ! 


Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:01

Club Constitution

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Issue 8, as amended at the AGM 2017


$11.    NAME

The name of the Club shall be OSWESTRY OLYMPIANS ATHLETICS AND TRIATHLON CLUB, known as Oswestry Olympians.

$12.    COLOURS

The Club colours shall be Black, Red and White and worn as British Athletic Governing Body rules require.

$13.    AIMS

The aims of the Club shall be the organisation and promotion of, and participation in, all forms of athletics.


4.1 Membership is open to any amateur as defined by the UKA or any subsequent governing body.


4.2 Prospective members shall complete the Club membership form.


4.3(a) All clubs affiliated to the UKA shall have the following rule incorporated into their constitution, viz, “The management committee of an affiliated club shall have the power to expel any member whose membership subscription is twelve months in arrears, provided that one month’s notice in writing shall have been sent to the member’s last known address giving information of the proposed action of the committee”. (UKA RULE)


4.3(b) Any person so expelled shall be dealt with in accordance with the pertaining UKA rules.


4.4 A notice of resignation must be made in writing to the Club Secretary and shall be considered by the Club within one calendar month of receipt. Membership shall be deemed to have ceased on the actual date of the rendering of the notice, unless a member is financially indebted to the Club, in which case the acceptance shall then be the date on which the debt was discharged (UKA rule 3.4) or as covered by any updated UKA rule.


$1a)    If it shall appear to the Club Committee that any irregularity or breach of the Club constitution or other matter of concern to it may have occurred it shall, at its discretion, appoint an individual (who may or may not be a Club member) or a sub-committee to investigate with such terms of reference as the committee sees fit.

$1b)    If it shall appear to the committee that there is evidence that any person is in breach of the constitution, or if it shall appear that the continued membership of the Club by any person is detrimental to the Club, the Hon. Secretary shall write to the person concerned setting out the alleged breach and invite the person to comment thereon in writing by a specified date which, unless the committee otherwise directs, shall not be less than 14 days following the date such letter was posted.

$1c)    The committee shall consider the response (if any) at the next convenient meeting and if it is not satisfied that the constitution has been observed, or that the continued membership of the Club by the person in question is in the best interests of the Club, it shall refer the matter to a disciplinary committee, appointed by it, which shall consist of not less than three nor more than five people, none of whom shall be directly interested the matter other than as members of the Club. The disciplinary committee shall make such further enquiries as it thinks fit and shall afford to the person against whom the allegation has been made a reasonable opportunity to appear before it and state his/her case and answer the allegations brought against him/her and the disciplinary committee shall hear such witnesses as he/she reasonably produces and shall also allow the person the right to be accompanied and/or represented by a friend. The disciplinary committee shall make such procedural provisions as shall be necessary for the just and efficient disposal of the case remitted to it.

$1d)    If it is satisfied that a breach of the constitution has occurred the disciplinary committee may recommend to the main committee one or more of the following actions;

$11)    Resolve to note the offence but take no further action; or

$12)    Warn the person concerned as to his/her future conduct and thereafter take no further action; or

$13)    Suspend or disqualify the person from athletics competition, coaching and/or administration for any period whether fixed or indefinite; or

$14)    Recommend to the Regional Association that the person concerned shall be disqualified from any involvement in athletics for any period whether fixed or indefinite; or

$15)    Such other penalty as the disciplinary committee, in the circumstances of the case, shall consider appropriate.

$1e)    The disciplinary committee shall report its recommendation to the Club Committee in writing within seven working days and the Club Committee shall determine its decision as soon as practicable thereafter.

$1f)     A term of suspension starts from the time it is pronounced by the Club Committee unless otherwise stipulated and does not expire until the end of the day named in the decision.


$1g)    Every person suspended, expelled or disqualified; or otherwise dealt with shall be notified in writing by hand or by recorded delivery post within seven working days of the decision.


$1h)    The Club Committee shall, as it sees fit, transfer as many of the duties under the provision of its constitution to such disciplinary committees as from time to time it shall set up.


$1i)      APPEALS. Any person suspended, expelled or disqualified by decision of the main committee may appeal against such decision as defined in UKA rules.

$16.    FEES

6.1 Membership fees for all members shall be agreed at the Annual General Meeting. Unemployed people shall be entitled to a 50% reduction of the membership fee only (excluding registration fee). There will be a 20% reduction of the membership fee only (excluding registration fee) when two or more members of the same family living at the same address join in the same membership year. 



6.2 Membership renewal fees are due between 1 April and 30 June. Any member previously registered with England Athletics or Welsh Athletics who does not renew by 30 June becomes unregistered and cannot compete as a member.


6.3 Designated non-competitive coaches, plus non-competitive officials and non-competitive committee members and other such persons at the discretion of the committee, shall be deemed full members of the Club and shall be exempt from the membership fee.


6.4 The Committee shall be empowered to arrange reciprocal reductions of membership fees with other sporting bodies.


6.5 All competitive Club members shall pay any fee required by the UKA National Associations - England Athletics and Welsh Athletics.


6.6 The Club will pay the club affiliation fee to the following UKA National Associations - England Athletics and Welsh Athletics.  The Club will register competitive members with either Welsh Athletics or England Athletics depending upon eligibility.  Members are required to pay the appropriate membership fee.


6.7 The Membership Secretary reserves the right to remove any member (except those who are members as per rule 6.3) from the Oswestry Olympians Facebook group page who has not paid their membership fee by the 30 June. The Membership Secretary will remove/ block any members that post comments which are deemed inappropriate by the Facebook group page administrators.


7.1 The Committee shall consist of the officers who shall be; the Hon. President, Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer: plus other posts, the number of which shall be reviewed annually by the outgoing Committee and recommended to the AGM.

7.2 A quorum of the Committee shall be three officers plus two other members of the Committee.


7.3 The Committee shall meet as required.


7.4 Retiring officers shall be eligible for re-election.


7.5 Members shall be elected at the AGM which shall be held during May each year. Candidates for election shall be either existing members or parents/guardians of junior members.

7.6 A minimum of twenty-eight days preliminary notice to all members shall be given of every AGM, and fourteen days’ notice of every other EGM, specifying the place, day and hour of the meeting and, in the case of EGMs, the nature of the special business.


7.7 Nominations for posts and motions for the AGM shall be received in writing by the Hon. Sec. no less than twenty-one days before the meeting. Posts without nominations may be filled at an AGM.


7.8 The Chairman may, at his/her discretion, permit the discussion of any other business relevant to the meeting.


7.9 Where a vote is called for, every paid up member and Committee member shall have one vote either in person or by proxy. A parent or guardian may represent those under 14 years of age.


7.10 A proxy need not be a member of the Club but the instrument appointing the proxy shall be in writing under the hand of the appointee and duly signed.


7.11 Any objection raised to the qualification of any voter shall be referred to the Chairman of the meeting whose decision will be final and conclusive.


7.12 The new Committee shall have the power to co-opt and to appoint a member of the Club to the Committee to fill a vacancy created through unforeseen circumstances.


7.13 The Committee shall have the power to co-opt and appoint sub-committees.


The Chairman shall have the power on all points of interpretation arising from these rules, provided that such power shall not over-ride resolutions duly passed by a General Meeting concerning such an interpretation.


Oswestry Olympians Athletics and Triathlon Club shall affiliate to: Shropshire Athletic Association, England Athletics, Welsh Athletics, British Triathlon Association and other such bodies as the AGM or Committee decides.

$110.  AUDIT

At least once in every year the Club Accounts shall be examined and correctness of the income and expenditure account and balance sheet ascertained by one or more persons considered qualified to conduct such a duty by the Committee.


A resolution to dissolve the Club can only be passed at an AGM or EGM through a majority vote of the membership.

In the event of dissolution, any assets of the Club that remain will become the property of Oswestry Special Olympics. If that club no longer exists, the assets of the Club should be transferred to a local club with similar objectives.


12.1 The Committee by a two-thirds majority at a quorum meeting may propose amendment to the constitution. The changes may be made only at the AGM or an Extraordinary General Meeting called for that purpose. Fourteen days’ notice must be given for an EGM. If the motion is approved by a two-thirds majority, that amendment to the constitution will be adopted.

12.2 Alternatively, ten ordinary voting members may petition the Honorary Club Secretary in writing to call an EGM in which the conditions described in para.12.1 will apply in respect of the calling of the meeting and the voting at it.

12.3 Voting rights as at the AGM pertain.


This Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:

Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.

$1·         The Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.

$1·         The Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

$1·         All Club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

$1·         The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to Club disciplinary procedures.




THIS CONSTITUTION was adopted at the AGM 20 November 2017






Trevor Searle                                    ………………………………………………….

Honorary Chairman   






Mary Thornton                      ………………………………………………….

Honorary Club Secretary






Margaret Morris                    …………………………………………………….









Wednesday, 20 March 2013 11:23

John Rowlands - A Tribute

Sadly, John Rowlands passed away on Saturday 16th January 2010 aged 61.

Most probably many current Olympians would not have met John but may recognize his name from the many club records he still holds from 20 years ago. Those Olympians lucky enough to have known him will agree that he was so much more than a great runner - just ask Gordon, John Richards or Margaret next time you see them. He earned everyone's respect and was a man whose opinions were always worth listening to. He also possessed a mischievous sense of humour and a depth of local knowledge which was second to none. His commitment to his family despite his illness was so unselfish, so typical of John; he never ever made a fuss or looked for any sympathy. He just got on with the job of being-John.  

I was lucky enough to have known John for 30 years during which time we must have run thousands of miles together over the hills and country lanes around Oswestry. However, I will remember John not just as a runner but as a best mate, someone I could rely on for help and advice, someone whose character was like no other. It was only over the last few months that John became too ill to run but he still lived every day to its fullest.

A truly great man and friend John we will all miss you so much.

Written by Steve Nicholls

Monday, 14 January 2013 17:41

Club History

Oswestry Olympians are unique - we are the only club that are members of both English and Welsh Athletics. Our members straddle the English/Welsh border and compete in Championships both sides of Offa’s Dyke, and can choose the national affiliation they need.

We were founded by the legendary Doug Morris, and other local athletes in November 1980. The catalyst for the formation was that Park Hall Stadium was being passed back to local use by the Royal Artillery and Infantry as they ended their years based in Oswestry. (Park Hall encampment had once housed over 14,000 troops during WW1). The Stadium had an athletics track, which was in a state of disrepair. Through investment by the kind local Councils of the time and hard work by volunteers, it was brought up to standard with an all-weather micro-gravel surface, and athletics was able to take place there again.

The new club had both junior and senior members. The timing also neatly coincided with the arrival of jogging as a leisure activity, which the club embraced, together with athletics, road, cross-country and fell running.

The club colours were decided as black to represent the industrial, railways and mining legacy of the area, red for Wales and white for Peace.

The club grew in popularity and the junior section began competing in Sports Hall athletics under the coaching of Andy Knott and Arnie and Kathy Wray. The club was so successful, that they won the Shropshire Sports Hall Championship for 10 years in a row, between 1993 and 2003. An amazing achievement given that the competition involved the much larger clubs of Telford AC and Shrewsbury AC.  Our juniors compete in Athletics Leagues, consistently manage to get members to English Schools Championships and some also go on to compete at a junior level for their respective home nations.

Doug Morris also launched a series of popular road and fell races over the years; including Oswestry 10 miles, Park Hall 5k, Ellesmere 10k, Gyrn Gallop, Mynydd Myfyr and the famous Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. Any funds raised from these races were always donated to local good causes (That was Doug!). There was usually always a race for youngsters included too, which allowed a family feel to his events.

The club competes in the North Wales Cross Country League (5 meetings over the region during Autumn/Winter). The league has grown over the years to become a challenging competition for runners of all ages and abilities. Oswestry Olympians traditionally host the last (prize giving) race meeting in February, where as many members as possible are encouraged to either run or marshall, set up/down or help serve teas

Between 1990-2000 the club came under the Chairmanship of the phenomenal Mick Ward. Mick had been British Amateur Cycling Champion the late 1950’s, and had recently retired to our area and taken up running too - in his fifties. Mick was so good he still holds many club records over the age of 50. Some of his age group records are better than senior age group times!

In 2003, many Olympian members were also competing in the growing sport of Triathlon, so OO Tri section was formed so they could compete without having to join another club. The club has had great success (they do train very hard) as OO Tri athletes have competed in national championships and been selected to represent Great Britain on many occasions all over the world. Members have competed in Ironman events and have qualified and competed for the World Championships in Hawaii. There is a very active junior section here, coached by senior members.

The club had hoped to install a proper athletics track surface at Park Hall in the early 2000’s, and began raising funds and lobbying local councils. Despite being an incredibly successful club in Shropshire at the time, Oswestry was not deemed ‘demographically important’ within the county, and instead a track was installed in Shrewsbury.

Use of Park Hall Stadium track was lost around 2006 (the local Town Council had sold off the stadium and land to TNS Football Club). Despite many years happy previous co-existence between Oswestry Olympians and Oswestry Town FC (one of the very oldest in the world, founded in 1860), they had run into financial difficulties and folded. The closest local club TNS, merged with their remnants, bought and took possession of the stadium and embarked on re-development. To accommodate an artificial football pitch, the track was trashed.  Oswestry Olympians currently goes to either Wrexham or Shrewsbury for track training sessions.

Still, we are extremely fortunate… we have the beautiful North Shropshire and Welsh border country to go running in!

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