LINDSAY DUNN 1943-2020

Lindsay’s athletic career began with Darlington Harriers but he soon moved to Gateshead and became a county championship standard athlete himself.  Whilst living in Leeds he started his coaching career,
taking Brendan Foster (who was at Carnegie College at the time) to a bronze medal in the 1970 Commonwealth Games 1500. As a competitor Lindsay was a member of the powerful Gateshead squad in the seventies and early eighties.

As well as Foster and Charlie Spedding whom he coached to Olympic medals, he took Gateshead athletes Geoff Turnbull and Barry Smith to international standard.  Lindsay was already coaching some Morpeth athletes and runners from other North East clubs but his next major move on the club front was to Chester-le-Street, where, with his former team mate Barry Foster, he built up a strong women’s section
which gained various Northern and National medals.

He was a big influence behind getting Morpeth’s Nick McCormick to Olympic standard and formally joined morpeth in 2010.  At the time of his death he was closely associated with at least 12 leading Morpeth athletes such as Carl Avery.  However, he also had athletes from other clubs in the North East and nearby. This willingness to share his expertise was formally recognised for a while when he was given a role developing endurance running in the area, which included organising group training get-togethers and short seminars.

He was also preparing for the future by helping former Morpeth athlete Nathan Shrubb to continue his good work; something he had to do increasingly often as Lindsay experienced ill health more frequently in recent years. Lindsay’s contribution to Morpeth’s club has been considerable and he will be badly missed, not only by ourselves but by athletes throughout the North East.