Memorial to Doug Morris

A permanent memorial to one of Shropshire's best known athletes is to
be created at the site of one of his favourite race venues.

Doug Morris, who died last year, organised running events across
Shropshire and north Wales, including the hugely popular Lake Vyrnwy
Half Marathon.
Runners who knew Mr Morris, are now getting together to launch an
appeal to buy a bench to be sited somewhere on the shores of the lake -
the scene of 20 half marathons and earlier marathons.
A special bank account has been created, the Doug Morris Appeal, and
those who knew the veteran runner are being urged to contribute.
Any money left over after the bench has been put in place will go to
the Oswestry Olympians running club to fund their new running track for
Doug Morris, 75, collapsed and died while out training in
August. He was not only a top runner himself, but inspired and
encouraged thousands to take up and enjoy the sport.
A spokesman for the Doug Morris Appeal, said the memorial appeal was
being launched with the support of Mr Morris' wife, Margaret, and their
"Lake Vyrnwy was one of Doug's favourite races and seems the
appropriate spot for a bench in his name to be sited," the spokesman

Doug was an inspiration to a whole generation of Shropshire and Welsh runners. His untimely death was a devastating blow
not only to his family, but also to his running club, The Oswestry Olympians, to his many friends in the athletics world and
to the thousands of runners who ran in the many races that he and his wife, Margaret, organised.
Doug's memory will be carried by so many for so many years to come.

The Half Marathon attracted more than 1,000 runners each year and found it way into the Runners' World Top 10 of Half
Marathons across Britain, a real achievement. It was also a real community event.

He said he expected that runners from across the region would want to contribute to the appeal.
"After we have paid for the bench and its siting, any surplus funds will go to the Olympians' track appeal.
As a founder member of the club, Doug was passionate about the need for new facilities, particularly for young athletes."

Anyone wishing to contribute to the appeal can send a cheque, payable to The Doug Morris Appeal, c/o Mansion House, Ford, Shrewsbury, SY5 9LZ.

Colin Williamson
Smile Plastics Ltd

Tel 01743 850267