Running since 1898...
Thanks to Felix Furlonger’s grandson Mr. Ken Ettie who sent in the photo and article on the 'Go as you please' above. Back in March this year Mr Bert White made contact from New Zealand. He was a member in the 1950’s and early 60’s. Bert send us a number of items of memorabilia including medals and a club vest. I will be getting these photographed soon and will publish them shortly.
After coming across a 100 year club medal Mr. Greg Pryor from San Raphael, California search out the club and sent it back to Northern Ireland with the comment–“I'm glad to see something put back where it belongs. Here's looking forward to another century for the Willowfield Harriers! “
Badge A carries a Latin motto ‘Festina Lente’. This would be directly translated as ‘make haste slowly’ or probably more commonly known by us today as ‘more haste less speed’. Interesting words for a running club where speed may be of the essence. It could have many connotations and applications for athletes and club members - in other words do things the proper way instead of hurriedly and heedlessly; see things through in a thorough manner. No skimping on that training programme. The badge also displays a field a field gate similar to the one shown on the Willowfield medal which is the image embroidered onto many of the club ‘hoodie’ tops.
Photo from Willowfield function many years ago - possibly the 60's.
Back Row Left /Right
Jack Watson/Rodney Watson/Billy Robinson/Jimmy Campbell/Sam Anderson/Brian Barnes/Jimmy Stevenson
Middle Row L/R
Tommy Jennings/Alan Anderson/Sam Ward/Ross Millar/John Doe/Norman Crossley/Eddie Wilson
Front Row L/R
Geoge Jackson/Jackie Ramm/Tom Robinson/Cyril Pennington/Roy Corry
These links will open pdf documents which provide a short history and record of Willowfield Temerance Harriers over the first 50 years of the club's existence. Written in 1949 it is a wonderful document although there has been a few little gliches in its scanning and assembly. Anyway it may be of interest to past members and friends of the club.
The McCullagh Shield gold medal forwarded to us from the USA by Mr. Greg Pryor. It really is a lovely item not much bigger than a ten pence piece. It has been beautifully hand engraved on the reverse.
Won by P.Anderson 1910