Aberystwyth Athletic Club is mourning the passing of its founder member Ron Cullum at the age of 92.
He was instrumental in setting up a club that would service the athletics need of Aberystwyth and surrounding area. At this time, Ron and others in order to compete had to either run for the University College of Wales Aberystwyth or Carmarthen Harriers.
So on the 9th September 1955, Ron organised a meeting of like-minded individuals to form Aberystwyth AC.
From those early years of a handful of members, today the club has a membership in excess of 200, seniors and juniors.
In 2005, a 50yr anniversary dinner was organised where Ron was made an Honorary Life Member. He was extremely satisfied and proud of the way the club had grown and prospered but had one nagging regret that he never saw the day that Aberystwyth or the county had a purpose built athletics public track and field facility.
An accomplished athlete in his own right, Ron helped train and develop countless number of local youngsters, right up to UK level. Ron’s running history, photos and achievements, together with others he helped, is documented in the Aber AC 50yrs book that can be obtained from the club.
Another string to Ron’s bow was his love and skill as a footballer. He played for Aberystwyth Town FC and in 1974 became its manager.
If allowed only one word to describe Ron, then that would be a ‘gentleman’. Everybody past and present that are involved with the club or local town people who knew him through his football connections, all said the same about him – “what a lovely kind man and a gentleman”.
He left a huge legacy which we are now reaping and Aberystwyth will be a poorer place without Ron striding through the streets with his shoulder bag, jovial banter and smile.
Everyone at Aber AC and Welsh Athletics send their sympathies to his family.
The funeral of the late Ron Cullum of Aberystwyth AC will be held on Friday 13th October in St Michaels Church, Aberystwyth at 2pm followed by a celebration of his life at Aberystwyth Town Football Club.
Obituary written by Brian Ashton, Aberystwyth AC