Thursday, 25 October 2012

Michael Davies RIP

Colin Evans (Deputy Head 1978-88) reports:

You may wish to record there the recent death of  Michael Davies who was my fellow Deputy Head under Derek Akers until 1988. Mike was a very independent person who revealed little of his personal background even to close colleagues and certainly never boasted about his remarkable athletic career.  In the 1960s, before he came to Purley he was one of the foremost cross-country and fell runners in the country and was made a life member of Reading Athletic Club in recognition of his achievements. He was one of only two runners to win the Three Peaks Mountain Race 4 times, won the Ben Nevis mountain race 3 times and the Lake District Mountain Trial 3 times. In 1967, unbeknown to him,  he had his first contact with Purley, beating into third place the great Gordon Pirie - an Old Purleian.  All this I have found from Google while trying to help the coroner's office trace any next of kin - so far with little success.  

A date has not yet been set for the funeral which may have to be organised by the Tandridge Local Authority and which will be attended by myself and a number of ex-colleagues including Derek Akers and Kingsley Gregory. I hope also to contact some of his cross-country protégés when I have the date.

more details when known.

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