ALISON TROPHY 15K, MARCH 5 – another race tinged with sadness

Our club races at Chorley are indelibly associated with the Crompton family, staunch supporters of our sport across the decades. Sadly we lost the much-loved Dave back in 2018 and now Marion, Eric’s wife has passed away unexpectedly. I have very fond memories of Marion on the roadside at many events in the 1970s. I know that Dave Evans has sent a heartfelt message to Eric from the club and it’s only right that I reiterate our sincerest condolences here on the club’s website. Marion Crompton RIP.

And there’s a goodly chance Marion was watching Eric take over from David Lamb racing for Leyland Motors in the Blackpool to Stockport Relay – any info re the race gratefully received.


In my rush to do this post, I’m remiss in not underlining Eric’s significant contribution to the exploits of the Leyland Motors A.C. [Walking Section], of which David was also a member. In the near future, I hope to explore the history of the Leyland club.

As it is the Alison Trophy will take place on Saturday, March 5 in Chorley. The new changing facility is to be found at St Peter’s Church Hall on Harpers Lane, PR6 0HP. It is only a stone’s throw from our old stomping ground, the St Peter’s Social Club. Indeed the race will start at 1.00 p.m. from the usual place and will use the traditional out and back to the three laps of the reservoir. As ever it will be tough!

See the above map and directions to the Church Hall.

I must apologise for my silence in the last week or so. I’ve got some great historical material to post. Our satellite internet connection crashed in time with the onset of the Ukraine crisis and is still not fixed – presently using wi-fi hotspot. In addition, I had every intention of being with you on Saturday – flights and accommodation booked, However, I crashed on my bike last Thursday, shaken not broken but with a very sore back. It means that I can hardly move at the moment so no chance of getting on a plane. I’m ‘proper’ fed up.

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3 Responses to ALISON TROPHY 15K, MARCH 5 – another race tinged with sadness

  1. david lamb says:

    I too remember Marion from my time with Leyland, she was ever present cheering Eric on but the rest of the Leyland team as well. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  2. Tony Taylor says:

    David – thanks for the nudge re the importance of the Leyland Motors AC in the history of race walking in Lancashire. I’ve added a note to this post and I hope in the near future to feature a history of the Leyland club drawing on Eddie Almond’s research.

    • david lamb says:

      That would be good Tony. Eddie has done a lot of work over the years. I do have a very poor picture of Eddie, which I will send to you.

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