John Driscoll has been awarded the John Young Memorial Award

John Driscoll has been awarded for his services to athletics.The West Cheshire AC vice-president was presented with the John Young Memorial Award at the recent Cheshire County Track and Field Championships.
Driscoll, who lives in Little Sutton, has enjoyed athletics since he was nine years old after a running session was hastily arranged following the cancellation of a football match due to a wet field.
And he admitted he had been surprised and extremely pleased to receive the award: The presentation at this years county track and field championships came as a total surprise.
The award means a great deal to me because I knew John Young for many years and I looked up to him as my mentor.
Driscoll remembers training on a new cinder track in his home town of Bedford and participating in cross country races while at Manchester University between 1960 and 1966.
Contemporaries’ during his time at Manchester included Ron Hill and John Whetton, and he went on to join Salford Harriers in 1966.
Driscoll moved to Ellesmere Port in March 1967, but continued running for Salford until 1976 before attending an inaugural meeting of Chester and District Athletic Club in October 1967.
He joined Chester and Ellesmere Port Athletic Club in October 1967 and has since played an instrumental role within West Cheshire Athletic Club having been part of the working group connected with the Stanney Athletics Track between 1999 and 2004.
Driscoll helped found the current Cheshire County Athletic Association in 1992 and chaired the county athletics commttee between 2004 and 2006.
He continues to compile road running statistics for Cheshire club members and was named president of Northern Athletics two years ago.
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