John Collins

It is with deep regret that we pass on the news that Swansea Harriers Life Member John Collins passed away earlier today. John was one of the most important volunteers in the sport of athletics. If you've ever run in a Gwent or West Glamorgan cross country league match, a road race or represented your club in a track & field fixture at any age group for whichever club you were a member of, you can bet that John has been there volunteering and supporting you, most likely as one of the key organizers too. John was not only heavily involved at matches, he has sat on numerous committees for leagues, clubs and Welsh Athletics;

John had been a volunteer and athlete since 1955 in his original club Vale of Aylesbury. John has been a volunteer and official for Swansea Harriers undertaking numerous roles since 1970. He was instrumental in the formation of the Pontypool and district cross country league the forerunner of the Gwent Cross Country League.
In 1963 he won the Welsh 6 mile cross country championships and has competed for Wales 6 times.
In the 1970s he was one of the founders and secretary of the Welsh Men's Athletics League.
At various times he has served as secretary of the Welsh Cross Country Association and Cross Country Committees of Athletics Association of Wales/Welsh Athletics. He has been a representative on the ICCU and later on the British Athletics Federation cross country committees. He was president of Welsh Athletics from 2004 to 2006.
He was awarded a meritorious plaque for his services to the Athletics Association of Wales in 1970 and their award of Honor in 1996 and a lifetime achievement award in 2009.

We have already received a number of tributes for John and his life long dedication to the sport of athletics. Once we have complied them all, we will post them here along with an obituary and the funeral details. Our thoughts are with his wife, children and grand children at this sad time.