Launch of Halesowen Athletics Club centenary year

Launch of Halesowen Athletics Club centenary year

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Halesowen Athletics Club have held a special launch event to mark the start of their
centenary year.

More than 40 runners from the club gathered near the site of their original headquarters
on Hagley Street in Halesowen Town Centre to honour legendary runner Jack Price, who
was the founder member of the club.

Price was amongst the country’s leading marathon runners at the start of the 20th
century, winning the Midlands marathon trial race in 1908 before going on to compete in
the Olympic Games in London later that year.

After serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery in World War I, Jack returned home to
Halesowen where in December 1922 he persuaded three friends to join him on a cross
country run and Halesowen Athletics Club was born.

Speaking at the launch, club chair Steven Millington said: “Halesowen is a strong, vibrant
club, which has over the past 100 years, given thousands of people the opportunity to
train and compete as athletes, regardless of age or ability.

“We all owe a massive thanks to Jack Price for founding the club which has become a
massive part of our lives and led us to form friendships which have lasted for many
years.”

A number of centenary events are planned throughout the year, and former members are
being encouraged to join in with the celebrations.

New members are also welcome, with the club offering a wide range of training sessions
and runs for runners of all ages and abilities across the week from their base on Manor
Way.

To get in touch with the club, then email centenary@halesowen-athleticclub.co.uk.

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