>>Introduction by Grahame Fullalove
(Fred) Fullalove (1902 - 1987)
Essex Beagles 1923 – 1966, Life Member
of the Executive Committee, Club Treasurer and Chairman
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
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
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.