Clive Williams remembers a Welsh athlete who should have been competing at the 1952 Olympics
The Welsh athletics community will be sad to hear of the death of the Rev. Philip Richard Llewellyn Morgan on January 14th at the age of 89.
He was one of the leading middle distance runners in Britain at the time of the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games and was very unlucky not to have been selected for the British team after finishing 3rd at the 1952 AAA championships. Instead he went as the ADC to the team leader Sandy Duncan. One of his tasks, as he told me a few years ago, “was to look after the then Prince Phillip – which I just about managed” he said with a twinkle in his eye.
His finest run was probably finishing second to future Olympic Champion, Chris Brasher in the World University Games 5000m in 1951.
He was proud of his Welsh heritage but only appeared once for Wales in the International (now World) Cross Country Championships, when he led the Welsh team home in 31st place in the 1953 championships in Paris. He finished 3rd in the 1954 Welsh Championships in Grangetown Cardiff behind Newport’s Lynn Bevan and David Richards of Roath. His brother Dick had a better record in the Welsh championships finishing second in 1957 and appearing five times in the International Championships for Wales.
Both Dick (also a clergyman) and Philip attended the first Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner in 2007.