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An Olympian Returns

When Saint Aidan’s Church of England High School in Preesall held its recent Christmas Fair, there was some expectation that a special visitor would attend.  However, students and staff were in for a surprise because, as well as Santa Claus, the school was treated to a visit by a former student and double Olympic athlete!

David Edge left the Over Wyre school in 1970, already a budding athlete.  David excelled at distance running and after moving to Canada, was selected to represent his new country in the marathon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.  David didn’t finish the race, but was awarded the medal that all competitors received.  David competed again, at the next Summer Olympics at Seoul, South Korea, in 1988; this time he finished 67th.  In between, David finished second in the 1986 Commonwealth Games marathon in Edinburgh.

Blackpool-born David’s career has taken him to many places and he is now settled in California.  However, he regularly visits the U.K. and, on his most recent visit, was determined to get back to his former school to check out what had changed… and stayed the same.  Although the school has doubled in size from its early days, now taking over 850 students from across the Fylde Coast, one thing that David recognised was his Olympic medal from Los Angeles.  His family donated it to the school after the 1984 event and it was made into the Olympic Trophy, awarded each year to an outstanding athlete from the school.

David commented, ‘I only ran two poor marathons in my career and, sadly, it was at those two Olympic Games!  Still, it was great to come back and visit the school.’

Deputy Headteacher, Anthony Lord, said ‘In my years at Saint Aidan’s, I have seen the Olympic Trophy presented 15 times, but hadn’t met the man behind it until now.  David is a great inspiration to everyone at Saint Aidan’s.  Hopefully, David’s tale will encourage all of our students, whether sporting or not, to aim high.  Every time we look in that trophy cabinet, we can see where talent, hard work and determination can take you.’