Clifford Francis Price
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<Gwent Archives Newport Harriers Athletic Club and Newport Athletic Club Reference code(s): GB 0218 D1836 Title: Newport Harriers Athletic Club and Newport Athletic Club Dates of creation: 1893-1959>
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Clifford Francis Price was born in January 1892 at Chepstow, Monmouthshire, in South Wales to Thomas and Sarah Jane Price. His father, Thomas was the son of Thomas Price and Emma Crum of Trellech.
Cliff joined the Newport Harriers Athletic Club where he is registered as a distinguished member, in recognition of his outstanding achievements. Although his career spanned only 3 years, his prowess and performance on the track had it's high point when Cliff represented England in 1914 at the International 4 miles at Glasgow between England, Scotland & Ireland.
Cliff won the Welsh AAA Championship mile title in 1912 and again in 1913 when he set a new Welsh record in the one mile recording 4.31 minutes in winning the title. In those same years he won the 4 mile title.
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS OF WALES. At Newport, August 9 1913. Mile. — C. F. Price, Newport H. 4min. 31sec. Four Miles. — C. F. Price, Newport H. 20min. 45sec
Cliff won the Welsh Senior Cross Country championships title and represented England in 1914 at the International 4 miles at Glasgow between England, Scotland & Ireland.
CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNING, 1914. INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP— At Chesham, March C. F. Price Wales, 10th
TEN MILES RUNNING C. F. Price, Newport H. 3rd
TEN MILES RUNNING AND SEVEN MILES WALKING ENGLISH A.A.U. CHAMPIONSHIPS. Held at Stamford Bridge, April 18, 1914. C. F. Price, Newport H...
INTERNATIONAL TRIANGULAR ATHLETIC MEETING. ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND IRELAND. Held at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, July 11, 1914. 4-MILE RUN G. W. Hutson, England, won; C. F. Price, England, second
The Newport Harriers Athletic Club sent some of its athletes to compete in the 1914 English 10 mile championship. In due course, the club decided to send four athletes to compete. Running for the first time on a cinder track, Clifford F. Price finished 3rd which was considered to be a great effort. Cliff was then entered for the AAA four mile championships at Stamford Bridge and gained the Standard Medal. He further enhanced his reputation by finishing 3rd behind G. W. Hudson (being the record holder) and A. H. Nicholls (the International champion). Cliff Price’s time was 19.57minutes which equaled the best championship performance by the well known Shrubbs. As Cliff Price was the only runner to get placed in both English Distance championships, he was recognized by the A.A.A committee who selected him as one of two runners to represent England in the International Path contest at Glasgow that year. Finishing second to Hudson he proved himself most worthy of selection and had defeated Scottish and Irish athletes.
In the following Welsh A.A.A Path Championships, Cliff excelled in the Two Miles club championship race for the Sir Joseph Lawrence Cup. Cliff set a new Welsh record of 9.44 minutes which was a magnificent performance after a particularly trying journey back from the International in Glasgow.
The Birmingham Charity Sports Committee invited the Newport Harriers to compete in a Two Mile Club Championship Race, a special team race. Once again, Cliff Price came home the winner. The team finished third overall.
1915 heralded the start of World War 1. Cliff joined the Royal Field Artillery and was awarded the Victory and British Medals. He sadly, also lost a leg through his wounds.
Cliff lived the rest of his life at St. Arvan's near Chepstow where he was born. Little is known of his life after the war but he is remembered locally as always beng accompanied by a pack of dogs. He died on 17th November 1955.
This information is sourced from our family history records.