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Arthur Tullett - a nicer man you will never meet

12 Dec 2021

It is with deep sadness that we have to advise of the recent passing of Arthur Tullett - a nicer man you will never meet.

Before becoming involved at Chelmsford AC, Arthur had always been sporting person. He was a football referee in the 60's and 70's and involved in local youth teams where his sons played. Like many parents however, he first got involved at Chelmsford AC when he took his son, Peter, to the club on training nights. This was in 1975. By the late 1970's Dave had also got involved, eventually Peter and Dave's children also competed for the club.

As Arthur watched the events, he noticed that veteran athletics was well supported and decided to have go himself. He regularly turned out in Essex League cross country races and won a bronze medal at the county championship in 1990. He also ran in local road races as well doing the London three times in the late 1980's and early 1990's with a time of 3hrs 51 minutes as a V60.

In the mid 1990's he also took on the role of Veteran team manager a role he held for around 15 years. This was a very successful time for veteran athletics at the club, in road races, cross country also track & field. This was largely due to Arthur's enthusiasm and ability to coax (sometimes cajole) team members to compete with a phone call or letter.

Once retired Arthur also served on the committee for several years, and when he had more time, he also began track officiating and helping out at numerous events with his friends from Essex AAA and Chelmsford AC. In 2012 (London Olympic year) he was honoured to be the Essex AAA president.

In recent years he gained a lot of pleasure from taking part in park runs, which sometimes featured 4 generations. He still was competing at the age of 87! Through poor health, it was a massive loss to him when he couldn't run any more but he still enjoyed watching his sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren compete. Arthur’s wife Gladys was his rock, always there for him helping out where required and supporting him as an athlete, manager, committee member, official or spectator.

Chelmsford AC sends our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Arthur's family.