In the 1950's Les was a member of the Adelaide Harriers and ran in some of the amateur events conducted at Colley Reserve during the Bay Sheffield carnival. He ran a few pro races himself but it was his off-track contributions to the sport that defined Les as someone we owe a great debt of gratitude.
Les played for West Adelaide along side his mate Les O’Donoghue. When Les O’Donoghue died before completing the book “One Hundred Bay Sheffields”, it was Les Brown who ensured the book was completed and published. The book is a fantastic chrononlogy & history of the Bay Sheffield from its inception to the 100th running in 1986.
Les was the SAAL president when the League conducted the 100th Bay Sheffield and he worked tirelessly to ensure it was the best Bay Sheffield ever held to that point in time.
Les was the chairman of the Mort Daly Running Foundation Trust and remained on the trust for over three decades. The MDRF provides thousands of dollars every year to the SA Athletic League as prize-money, primarily for junior and novice events.
Les introduced his son Paul to the sport, taking him along to the late Bill Neil. Paul Brown won the 1972 Bay Sheffield and was runner-up to Paul Hurney in the 1978 Bay Sheffield. Paul's brother Mark also ran with the SAAL.
Les was a life member of the SAAL and his legacy to the sport, through his work with MDRF, will carry on for generations.
In today's (Wednesday) Adelaide Advertiser it details the funeral arrangements and as Les would have wanted, the family requests no flowers but would like people to pay their respects by making a donation to the Mort Daly Running Foundation.
The funeral for the late Les Brown is at the St Josephs Church in Strathmore Terrace, Brighton on Friday 8th November at 12.00pm.