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Frederick (Fred) Fullalove (1902 - 1987)

 Essex Beagles 1923 – 1966, Life Member

Member of the Executive Committee, Club Treasurer and Chairman

Member of the ECAAA (Essex County Amateur Athletics Assoc.)

Fred’s family are not certain exactly when he joined the Essex Beagles but a letter to him from the Club’s Secretary, F.J.Bostridge dated 8/10/1923 congratulates him “on your first class performance in the Brighton Walk, held recently”.   

From the heading one can see that throughout his family and working life the Beagles featured in a significant way.  Whilst he competed in cross country and road walking, he never “lead the field” but was there to have a go, and for the pleasure. A few medals and trophies came his way as did many lasting friendships.

In 1932 Fred, whose family home was in Canning Town, married May Burtenshaw, of Manor Park. May had been a member of Ilford Ladies A.C. They set up home together in Seven Kings and in 1935 moved to a new home in, what was then known as a new Garden Suburb, Upminster.

In 1928 he was invited by the Road Walking Association to join the UK team for the Nijmegen Four Day Marches in Holland to be held in July that year.   It advised that team jacket and trousers could be purchased for £1 and the fare would be about £4. 4. 0. (£4.20) “which includes 1st class on Boat”. This was the first time International teams were invited to this annual event and four UK teams of 10 competitors each were sent. Fred was part of the UK team again in 1929 and 1930.   He also visited as a spectator the 1924 Olympics in Amsterdam and 1928 in Paris.    His road walking included, in 1923, an entry in the Surrey Walking Club’s London to Brighton race with a time of 10hrs 52mins 27secs.  Then an attempt on the annual Stock Exchange London to Brighton & back road walk in 1936 but pulled out after starting the return leg.  However, the next year he completed the full 104miles in a time of 23hrs 32mins 45secs. Having passed the 100mile mark within 24 hours (22hrs 29mins) he qualified for membership, no. 119, of the Centurions. Each time entered as an Essex Beagles member.

He selected a few items for his scrap books over the years and one cutting is from an Ipswich paper reporting on a cross country race in 1948 with a cartoon including Fred running holding a lantern in murky conditions with a caption “Their treasurer Fred Fullerlove (sic) lost his way and arrived home just in time for tea”. He liked to tell his story that eventually getting to the finishing line included having knocked at the door of a house en route and to ask the occupants for directions! The report mentions Beagles members Jim Peters and R. Robins finishing 2nd and 3rd.

Then, and most probably now, the Beagles depended on its members who spared time on Club administration and organisation. The family can still name umpteen members, contemporaries of Fred’s, who equally shared the load throughout many years. An annual dinner/dance was organised to include presentation of annual trophies and awards. Each year whilst he was treasurer home in Upminster became storage for clocks, barometers, boxed sets of cutlery, etc. in addition to the Club’s annual trophies for championship winners.

Fred also became an AAA (then the UK’s athletics governing body) field judge and a time keeper, officiating at the White City and elsewhere.   When a new Sports Stadium in Hornchurch (neighbour to Upminster) had its Official Opening in May 1956, Fred was a Time Keeper, and other Beagles members Bill Cockle and Dave Green were Marksmen.    Beagles distance runners George Knight and Ted Baverstock ran there in the 3000 metres.

The time came to step down and he was proud to receive a plaque from the Essex County with an inscription of “Presented to Frederick G. Fullalove (Life Vice-President) on his retirement from the Executive Committee in recognition of 38 years of distinguished service.  11th November 1956.”

When George Havell was preparing his splendid book “Essex County Amateur Athletic Association, Centenary 1883-1983”, George called on Fred’s retirement for additional records, photos and general information which were gladly given. The same information and book are assisting in this note.

Fred was one of many Beagles members who helped things along during their time and would surely appreciate the continuing and expanding achievements of the Club, and its members, to the present day.

Following his death in 1987 the family donated to the Club a President’s Chain of Office in his memory.

Grahame Fullalove

                                                



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