An important appeal from Chris Holloway of Tipton Harriers who is researching into the history of the Birmingham Cross Country League. I reproduce his letter below…..
I am starting to research the development of the badge used for the various awards in the Birmingham & District XC League over the years to record for posterity.
I would like to ask for help on a couple of fronts from your more “senior” members.
Firstly I am seeking examples of Midland club badges that have included a “wooden gate” as part of the design.
I seem to vaguely recall that older clubs such as Small Heath Harriers or Lozells Harriers may have had this. There may have been others. If so does anyone have a good quality drawing, photograph or picture (or could take one/scan one) of each badge for me? The badge may be on a letterhead, vest, blazer tracksuit or other item of memorabilia.
My second appeal is to try and trace the various specific designs used for BDXCL medals over the years since 1925 when the league was formed. I understand that the basic design was probably standard across all divisions and placements (1st, 2nd 3rd etc). I have examples from the 1930’s & 40’s but would like to obtain any other variations that may have existed.
What was the badge like in the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s and up to the present day? Did it in fact differ?
Ideally I want to obtain good quality digital photographs that show the detail of each medal. I can take photographs if I can borrow the medals so if people are willing to lend them to me I would be very grateful to know.
If any of our members can help please contact Chris direct on firstname.lastname@example.org