Governing athletics body rewards Hercules president
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club president David Littlewood, MBE, has been honoured by England Athletics, the sport's governing body.
Littlewood was among 300 guests at a celebration dinner in Birmingham on Saturday to award the contribution made by volunteers in 2012.
Littlewood, one of Britain's best-known athletics officials who has been involved in the sport as an athlete and official for more than 60 years, was presented with an award for services to officiating.
While he was at the former Battersea Grammar School, he joined the the former Hercules Athletic Club, and was a county standard sprinter.
He was one of the top athletics officials at the London Olympics where he was the out of stadium competition director responsible for overseeing the marathon and race walking events which finished in sight of Buckingham Palace in The Mall.
It was familiar territory for Littlewood, as he has been the London marathon men's race referee for almost 30 years.
He celebrated his 73rd birthday in 2010 by receiving his MBE from the Queen, awarded in recognition of his volunteer service to athletics.
He is a familiar figure at international meetings both at home and abroad and is UKA's representative on the IAAF Technical Committee.
He has officiated at numerous Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth events and his involvement extends right across athletics as, since 1992, he has been honorary secretary of the English Schools Athletics Association.
Since 1981, he has been chairman of the British Technical Officials’ Committee and honorary secretary of the UK Rules Revision Group with responsibility for producing the UK Athletics Rulebook every two years.
He also chairs the Surrey County Athletic Association's officials sub-committee.
He has been a lifelong member of Hercules Wimbledon AC and after, serving as treasurer for a record 43 years, was elected president in 2004.
He never forgets the grass roots of our sport and regularly supports club and domestic events, international commitments permitting.