Vernon Blowfield

The County Association lost its oldest Vice President last month. Vernon Blowfield died of natural causes at his home in Witney on February 26, aged 97.

A fine runner in his day, Vernon finished second at the National Cross Country Championships in 1948, having led until the last couple of hundred yards. He also represented Great Britain in a number of events while serving in the RAF and only stopped running about ten years ago.

Vernon moved to Witney in 1952 and worked for Smiths Industries, a manufacturer of aeronautical and automotive instruments.

He was also Life President of Witney Roadrunners, having attended Witney RR's inaugural meeting in 1985 and always remaining an active and inspirational member.

He and his widow Elsie had been married for 76 years. Our sympathy goes to Elsie, their three children and all members of their large family.