The Frank Starkie Award
THE FRANK STARKIE MEMORIAL CUP
The Frank Starkie Memorial Cup is awarded annually by BATFL (The British Association of Track and Field Leagues) to honour the memory of Sale Harrier’s former chairman who made a massive contribution to youth athletic development in Britain before his sudden death in 2006.
This year’s winner is our very own Jack Frost who has been a committed Northern track and field manager for many years and thoroughly deserves this high award.
Following a career in middle distance running, which included winning a bronze medal in the AAA's 10 mile championships behind Ron Hill, taking part in the first London Marathon in 1981, competing in many fell races including the Ben Nevis race, he turned my attentions to coaching in 1982. He said then that he needed a challenge in a technical event, and because there was a lack of jump coaches in the club, I chose that discipline. Sale Harriers was then based in Wythenshawe Park. He looks back on those days as the club's best despite the brilliant facilities we enjoy at SportCity.
His coaching philosophy is that although he has attaining coaching qualifications, he would never call himself a coach, but a nurturer, encourager, helper and facilitator, with the sole intention of developing athletes in attaining their full potential.
Jack is a club stalwart and will always be found on training nights at Sportcity. He has been the financial brains behind the club for many years. He is a long term and valued member of the clubs Executive Committee.
Jack was for a long time the team manager for our Northern League teams as well as a respected team manager for the young athlete’s league and junior league teams before they became the YDL teams. His influence is also felt within both the senior men and women’s team management structure where his advice and wise advocacy is often sought.
He is an integral part in the management of vault Manchester which he has seen go from strength to strength. He is a staunch supporter of developing the pole vault for all ages.
Jack also sits on the management team for the highly successful Manchester Indoor Grand Prix events as well as arranging all the venue and travel bookings across all the club fixtures.
Earlier winners were:
The 2014 recipient was Liverpool Harriers George Bunner.
The 2012 recipient was Eric Hughes, Sale Harrier’s President and Britain’s most successful women’s team manager.
2011 Don Webb of Croydon Harriers & AC
2010 Nanette Johnson of Boston & District AC
2009 Brian Smith of Shaftesbury Barnet
2008 Norma Blaine of Birchfield Harriers & AC
2007 Olive Megit of Woodford Green/ Essex Ladies
Posted 06/03/2017 16:12