It is with great sadness that England Athletics share the news that one of Barton And District AC founder members Edwin Bellamy has passed away. Edwin was one of the hard working athletics officials who has been actively associated with athletics, Barton and District AC, Humber Athletics and National Athletics for over 60 years.
In his teens Edwin was a prominent sprinter especially over 220 yards and during this time he was taken under the wing of the local international athlete Pam Pearcy.
Following a shortened sprinting career due to injury Edwin took up officiating and coaching and developed Barton and District AC alongside Ralph Clark - making the club to one of the best in the area; and this legacy still lives on.
Alongside being a very respected track timekeeper who officiated at many National and International meetings. Edwin moved into athletics administration being involved with Humberside AA (Now Humber AA) since the association's creation in 1973 undertaking many roles and hats which included County Secretary, County Track and Field Organiser, developing the Humber Track and Field League ( Now Humber Open) along with being a race adjudicator and race permit issuer. He managed the AAA Standards Scheme for young athletes, and was a prominent force in the development of Sportshall Athletics across the Humber Region, and of the Barton and District AC Cross Country for 40 years.
A spokesperson from the AAA said,
"Edwin worked for many years on the AAA Standards Scheme, analysing the results of competitions to keep the standards updated . He was very dedicated and attended championships across England ably assisted by his wife Christine, to allow athletes the chance to purchase badges."
Nationally Edwin was the Northern Secretary for over a decade and most prodigiously was the Chairman of CAU (Counties' Athletics Union) at a time when athletics was at its peak.
Edwin’s knowledge of the sport had no bounds who devoted his life to the sport he loved at Local, County, National Level. Supported on his journey by his loving wife Christine. Mr Bellamy your legacy and memory goes on.
Obituary written by Mark Ding