RIP Roy Poultney (26/01/2018)

The Club were saddened to learn, via Keith Atkins, of the death of Roy Poultney on 24th January 2018. Roy was a member of the club from the early 1950’s and finally appears as a veteran competitor through the early 1980’s. He was 83.

Roy, by his own admission, was not one of the clubs leading runners in terms of performance measured against the clock but he was one of the most loyal and supportive of the club from his era.

An “honest clubman” that could be relied on. His simple athletics pleasures were derived from the participation with, and the companionship he gained through his years with the Harriers.

He joined in the early 1950’s and was a regular member of the clubs youths teams in his early years with the Harriers over road, cross country and on the track at the local sports meetings. We believe he was elected to the club on 22/02/1950.

Through the 1950’s he then went through the age group teams from Youths, Juniors & Seniors and competed very regularly.

During the 1960’s he, like many, represented the club in an official administrative capacity. Roy was listed by Tony Phillips as one of the coaches and was also one of our elected representatives to the MCAAA (Midland Counties Amateur Athletic Association, the forerunner of the MCAA). In 1963 it is minuted that Roy had produced a plan for a track in Victoria Park. Sadly no more has been found on this particular issue.

But it was his love of the trips and travels to races that he enjoyed. He was one the infamous “Chasps”, a group of friends from the club who would head off around the country and occasionally abroad, to race, train, relax and amuse themselves in their own unique way. He was one of the first to venture into fell racing and, in 1959 headed to the Ben Nevis in Scotland to try that famous race.

Later in life he moved to South East London. He worked as a civil servant for the Greater London Council. Roy still returned to the area to meet his family and friends and attend Harriers functions and ad hoc get-togethers most recently around the Club’s Centenary in 2010.

Our thoughts go to his family and friends.

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Update 12/02/2018 - Tony Fern has provided details of the service which will be on 23rd February 2018 at Camberwell New Cemetry, Brenchly Gardens, London SE23 3RD.