120x400m relay in memory of Dick Caplis

 On Saturday the 6th September KTH athletes past and present gathered for the 120 x 400m memorial relay to celebrate the life of the truly wonderful man, role model and legend that was Richard ‘Dick’ Caplis.

The weather held out on what was a wonderful day, with music, a bbq and rounders all providing a great atmosphere for those that turned up to share stories, photos and run, jog or walk a lap in memory of the great man himself. The event tied in with the 120th Anniversary of Kettering Town Harriers, something Dick was keen to ensure was celebrated, with all participants generously donating a grand total of £419.23towards the British Heart Foundation, as chosen by his family.

His family came down to take part in the event, with his wifeMyrtle, son and daughter Shaun and Heather and his grandsonall doing a lap and taking part in the event. The finale of the day took place when his wife led everyone in the planting of a silver birch tree, donated by the club, to make a lasting tribute to Dick.

Dick was a true icon down the track and I’m sure we all have many a story to tell about him. You only have to look at the messages left from his athletes, on the tribute which can be found in the clubhouse, to see how much he meant to us all as a coach, mentor and friend.

He gave up so much of his time to athletics and his athletes, coaching for over 50 years, as well as being a committee member and timekeeper for countless years. Always willing to help the club and give advice to the many athletes past and present that were lucky enough to have known and been a part of his life, something which was clear by the turnout.

The family would like to thank everyone that took part in a very special day!


Rest In Peace Caplis