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Athletics meeting dedicated to David Foster

An athletics tournament will be held on Sunday in memory of Great Clifton teenager and athlete David Foster, who died after inhaling petrol fumes while camping with friends in July 2010.

David Foster photo
David Foster with sister Abz

Seaton Athletics Club and Team North Cumbria will host the event at Carlisle’s Sheepmount Athletics Stadium in tribute to the 15-year-old javelin thrower, of Stoneycroft.

The athletics club has held an open meeting annually for about 20 years but decided to dedicate the event to David from this year as a lasting tribute to his efforts with the club, which he joined at the age of nine.

A David Foster Memorial Trophy has also been bought and will be presented by David’s mum Joanne.

Athlete Lee Doran, of Carlisle, will appear at the event to throw the javelin and present the prizes.

The event is for under-nines to under-17s and between 35 and 40 members of the Stainburn School pupil’s former club are expected to take part.

Terry Hughes, chief coach and secretary of Seaton Athletics Club, said: “We thought we should give something back for David’s dedication to the club.

“He was such a good athlete. He was keen on javelin but he was a good high jumper, long jumper and runner.”

Joanne said that her family would be out in force at the event, which will start at noon.

She said: “We are absolutely honoured that they are holding it in memory of David.

“David loved The Sheepmount, he loved athletics, he loved the javelin and he was a big fan of Lee’s.

“It’s a shame they’re having it because David should still be here with us, but it’s great that all the kids are coming out together in memory of him.

“We miss David more than anything. We always did and we always will.”

Have your say

Will be an honour to throw for a great friend!! You are still greatly missed my friend! I know you will be there looking over on Sunday and it will be a great day to celebrate your life!!!

Always in our thoughts!!

Posted by Lee Doran on 23 March 2012 at 09:01

David, yes you would of been 2 old to throw at sheepmount this weekend but bets on you would of been there to support Tash and im guessing that you know about this meeting in memory of you and i know you and your grandad will be there looking down on everyone who will be there your very missed David you will never know how much you will never be forgotten xxxx

Posted by Gina Wilson on 23 March 2012 at 08:12

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