After teaching at Leeds Grammar School for a short while, he obtained a post at Christ Hospital near Horsham, where he taught for more than thirty years and, after retiring from teaching, continued to be involved with the school for many years. While at Christ Hospital, Mike coached rugby and cricket as well as athletics and as a team manager he took teams around the world. He was soon involved with Sussex Schools’ athletics serving as Sussex Schools’ Secretary, Championship Secretary and Team Manager for more than a quarter of a century. He was a ‘Life Vice President’ of the Sussex Schools Athletic Association. Mike, when most people would think of sitting back and taking life easy was for many years as the Officials’ Secretary for Sussex County Association for which he was currently President and was also the Hon Secretary and President of the Horsham Blue Star Harriers. Mike was also President of the Sussex Schools’ Rugby Association.
These however were not badges of honor for whatever he did, he was always hands-on. Ever willing to keep up to date and eager to help, Mike was also a founder member of the Sussex Athletics Network and very supportive of the first England Athletics Hall of Fame and Volunteer Awards. Thousands of athletes throughout the South would also know ‘The Big Man’ as a thoughtful, competent and fair field judge at many of the top athletics events in the South of England. He was however a twelve month of the year official helping out at many Sussex and Sussex Schools Cross-country events during the winter months. The South of England Athletics Association (SEAA) presented him with a 30+ year long service award recently. Early responses to this sad news was that Mike was a big, gentle and caring man who was always eager to help anyone and who never had a bad word for anyone.
Officials will miss him and remember him as a lovely man, good to work with and always at athletics matches with a big smile and friendly face, and a great supporter of schools events. Mike lost his wife Shelagh – who had suffered from M.S for many years – a decade ago and leaves a daughter Mary and son John and three grandsons. Athletics, particularly in Sussex will not be the same without him.