WMRA president dies
Having worked tirelessly for 15 years as the WMRA President Danny Hughes will not live to see the inaugural World Mountain Running Championships in 2009, something which he had pushed the IAAF to recognise for nearly a decade, as he sadly passed away on Monday.
At 72 years old Hughes could have retired many years ago, however his endless dedication to the sport of mountain running meant that he could never leave the sport that he loved. His CV makes for fascinating reading, not only was a top class athlete but also a nuclear engineer for over 36 years. Having sat on nearly every fell running association or council during the 1980’s Hughes ‘graduated’ the pinnacle of the sports’ administration, the WMRA, becoming President in 1994.
1958 – 1994 Nuclear Engineer
1955 – 1958 BSc. degree. Liverpool University.
1974 – 1977 BA. degree. Open University
1950 – 1996 Club athlete track, cross country, road and fell running
1987 England fell running champion in my age category
1988 British fell running champion in my age category
1994 – present President of the World Mountain Running Association.
1984 – 1994 Secretary of the World Mountain Running Association.
2002 – present Member of EAA mountain running commission.
1980 – 1984 Chairman the British Fell Running Association.
1980 – 1984 Member of BAF Council
1965 – 1985 Local club secretary
Speaking of his death his wife Norma stated
Danny died suddenly this morning (9th) of a heart attack. It is the way he would have wanted to go but of course a big shock to us all. I have all the family here so am very lucky