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David Tivey

- 23rd Jan 2012
David Tivey

David Tivey, the record holder of one of Stockport Harriers oldest club records, sadly lost his battle with cancer last week.

David was a promising athlete whilst at Offerton Primary & Dialstone Secondary schools and followed his father George and sister Lesley into athletics.

He represented Stockport Harriers & Athletic Club in high jump and in the relay squad.

But it was as a Javelin thrower that he excelled. Two of his age group records set last century still stand today.

1n 1979 as an under-17 youth he achieved a mark of 46.05 metres winning the club's Tunis Trophy awarded to the best field event athlete. Improving this to 46.70 metres in 1980 during his first year as an under 20 junior athlete.

Both performances today would place him 70th in the annual UK ranking list for the Javelin.

David was a keen motorcyclist employed as a mechanic for Burns & Hudson Ford dealership in Hazel Grove.

Unfortunately David lost the use of his right throwing arm in a motorcycle accident in 1985. Despite this setback he used his engineering skills to convert sports bikes for riders with a similar disability to himself.

David continued to run with the club, supporting his father George Tivey a life member of the Harriers during the Stockport Athletic Track Appeal campaign in the late 1980s.

His creative side contributed in designing the original Leonidas Logo which appears on the clubs advertising and promotion paperwork.

David Sadly died with bowel cancer on 18th January aged 48 in Chorley where he lived.

The family who were all with him would like to express their gratitude to the District nurses, the Marie Curie nurses and to St. Catherine’s Hospice for the incredible support.

His funeral will be held at Euxton Parish Church, Wigan Road, PR7 6JH. 12.00 noon on Friday 27th January 2012

His family have asked that donations in memory of David are directed to the St. Catherines Hospice.