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Athletic trio are dumped

By Gareth Rowett 2nd August 2017

Athletic trio are dumped
Paul Manning, Jacky Brett and Dave Varney

There was shock throughout the schools sports community this week that three of the most respected names in Cornish athletics had been dropped from the event that they created nearly 20 years ago.

The Mid Cornwall Sports Network last week dropped Paul Manning MBE, Jacky Brett and Dave Varney who have administered and run one of the most popular and biggest junior schools cross country leagues in the country which completed it’s 19th season last winter.

The three set out the course at Par Running Track in all weathers from early morning ready for the first races at 12.30pm with results produced by Jacky Brett that same evening.

Particularly hurt and stunned by this decision, is Dave Varney, the President of the Newquay and Par Athletic Club who was the instigator of the league when he took an idea he had to increase participation in the Mid Cornwall Area to the then Borough Council of Restormel in 1998.

The council embraced the concept and helped set up the first season of Year 5 and 6 races on the playing fields surrounding Par Track.

To the council’s delight, after an opening race of 85 youngsters, this number grew as the season progressed and as a result, Newquay Tretherras School agreed to run a similar scheme the following year.

At Par, the numbers have peaked at over 400 at each race and has been the catalyst to many top class athletes, including the current Schools International, Finn Birnie.

Mr Varney is angry at the way they were informed and told the Voice: “It was a cynical move by the Mid Cornwall Sports Network to send us an email unceremoniously dumping us on the last day of term to the full knowledge that nobody could contact them for the next six weeks.

“I am feeling very angry and let down.

“To say that I’m disappointed and angry is an absolute understatement and I would love to know exactly why this has happened because the email never gave any explanation at all.”

By Gareth Rowett 2nd August 2017

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