Eddie Hardy, obituary

At the age of 95 the ECCA has lost Eddie Hardy, one of its oldest members. A top class Cross Country Runner, Eddie represented England twice in the International Cross Country Championships in 1951 and 1952. This was followed by years of giving back to the sport including a period as England Cross Country Team Manager and President of the ECCU in 1982. He also had a successful career as General Manager & Director of Taylor’s Tea & Coffee that was introduced by Yorkshire Tea.
His job at Taylor’s brought him to live on the outskirts of Leeds where he helped set up Skyrac AC. A number of athletes benefitted from Eddie’s knowledge and experience as a coach in the 70s and Eddie in his role of team manager for the North and England gave athletes international experience.

Eddie limited his commitment in athletics to Cross Country at all levels, probably because of his professional and family responsibilities but he officiated at Cross Country events throughout the winter season at all levels,

Eddie was a typical English gentleman: thoughtful, kind and supportive of others, and always the smartest in appearance at events. Over time he also became a College Governor; golfer, volunteer and active member of countless organisations.