Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tributes to Olympic Games Medal Hero

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tributes to Olympic Games Medal Hero

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TRIBUTES have been paid to an Olympic cyclist from Manchester, who has died aged 90.

Alan Geldard won a bronze medal in the team pursuit at the 1948 Games in London.

He was famously rewarded for his exploits by being sacked from his job after having taken time off to prepare for, and compete in, the competition.

However, Alan - originally from Rochdale and who later moved to south Manchester - remained a fanatical cyclist throughout his life becoming a coach, mentor and official at a number of clubs.

He was also an official torchbearer in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics in London and was an advocate, and regular face, at the National Cycling Centre at the Velodrome near the Etihad Stadium when it opened in 1994, ahead of the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

The last surviving member of the four-man medal-winning team from 1948, Alan died on February 26 at Salford Royal Hospital surrounded by his family and friends after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage.

He leaves behind his wife of 69 years Enid, 90, as well as sons Roger, 64, Keith, 61 and daughter Carol, 60, and three grandchildren.

Alan became As well as fantastic was also a Alan's Carol a national hero along with team-mates David Ricketts, Tommy Godwin and Wilfred Waters when they won bronze 70 years ago.

Alan married childhood sweetheart Enid soon after and went on his honeymoon.

But when he returned he discovered he had lost his job as a commercial artist as he had been away for too long.

In 2012, he told the M.E.N.: "That was my reward for winning a medal for my country."

There was also a mix-up and he only received his medal in the post.

Alan also competed in Helsinki in 1952 and Melbourne in 1956, and made a four-month trip to New Zealand for the Empire Games - the forerunner of the Commonwealth Games - and won numerous national championships.

being a athlete, he brilliant dad daughter Daughter Carol told the M. …

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