Kiwi Newspaper honours Centenary Celebrators Tipton Harrier’s Jack Holden with ‘hard man’ article.

"Jack Holden... Hard Man" - extract from The Gisborne Herald, NZ

A few weeks ago I was present at a Tipton Harriers event at Tipton Library and took some photographs of the people who attended and also of the sporting memorabilia on display in the library’s museum heritage section. Following this blog post, a chap called John Gillies from New Zealand who works for the newspaper The Gisborne Herald, contacted the MACE archive.

 John explained that his father, Iain Gillies, the paper’s former editor and now a part-time sports writer, wanted to use one of the photographs I had taken at the event for a weekly feature called Legends in their Lifetime.

Tipton Harrier Jack Holden. Photo taken by Lucie Kerley (c) of an illustration taken from a sports magazine c.1950

John went on to explain that “normally it focuses on a local sporting identity but this week – to coincide with the Commonwealth Games – it recalls his memories of the 1950 Empire Games in Auckland and, in particular, the performance of Jack Holden in winning the marathon, despite his having to run the latter part of the race barefoot and avoid a chasing Great Dane. While searching Google for pictures to go with the story, we found your site, and images of the Tipton Harriers display of sporting memorabilia at Tipton Library.” 

As you may already be aware, The Tipton Harriers are holding a Centenary Celebration event this coming Sunday, 10th October at the Tipton Harriers Academy.

As hopefully you’re all aware this is the Club’s Centenary year and on Sunday 10th October there will be celebrations at the Tipton Sports Academy.

“From 1pm to 5pm there will be a BBQ, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Tombola, Cake Stall and much more. This is open to everyone, members of the Harriers or not.

Update:Please be there in plenty of time to get the relays sorted.
At 3.30 there will be the 100mile relay on the track. This will be split into 10 teams doing 10x1mile each. Be great to have everyone involved in this, no matter how fast, slow, young or old it’s just about having some fun. Please talk to your team managers and get involved. We realise there is a West Mid YA XC League that day, but hopefully a mile (or even part of a mile!) will still be possible.

There’ll be displays of the history of the club including old film footage and at 5pm there’ll be an old members re-union in the Snug.

From 7.30pm onwards there’ll be a buffet followed by a disco in the Function Room. This will be free but please get tickets off Marg Cherrington or Carol Smith so the right number can be catered for.

Be great to see you all there. “

 The event will be an opportunitiy for Tipton Harriers both past and present to be reunited and reminisce.

As part of their search for old sporting memorabilia connected to the Tipton Harriers, they are calling out for people who may have filmed any events in Tipton or the surrounding area – or have footage relating to Tipton Harriers, to come forward with their old film collections and have the opportunity to have the films copied into an accessible format and preserved in the MACE archive, free of charge. 

Tipton Harriers Club Member Tony Phillips - a selection of whose cinefilm will be screened at Tipton Harriers Centenary event on Sunday 10th October 2010

Tony Phillips has been a Club member (of Tipton Harriers) for over 50 years and through that time has held many coaching and official positions within the Club. As a young man he competed to a high standard over all racing surfaces – road, track & cross country. He has also coached all abilities from club to international level. He has served on many bodies that have governed the sport through the years. 2010 sees this recognised with the Presidency of the English Cross Country Association. An avid follower of athletics he has brought us a significant benefit with his collection of cine material that we are now able to enjoy as a fitting archive to athletic life and competition in the 1960’s & 70’s. He lives in Wolverhampton with his wife Margaret.

Tipton Harriers will be a screening a selection archive film in conjunction with the Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle project which has enabled the Harriers to digitise a film collection belonging to Tony Phillips,  and also gain access to some old ATV news footage of ‘Long Distance Runner’ – Ron Bentley which will be on display on Sunday. It will be an opportunity for members to look back at events that have made the Tipton Harriers the club they are today!

Tipton Harriers Ground

For more information on this event visit

 or if you have any film or sporting memorabilia, please contact Tipton Harriers: Chris Holloway 01225 309 124 / or Keith Atkins – 01902 674335  /

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