It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of ex-club member Ian Brown.
Ian was a member of Claremont for many years until moved to Otley to be nearer his daughter and grandchildren a few years ago.
Ian was a keen runner for many years before joining Claremont. He also enjoyed bike rides where, coincidently, the route would always pass many pubs!!
Ian took part in many local races, also completing the London marathon several times – travelling with others from the club at times. He also completed the Great North Run many times – on several occasions he was heavily involved in organising fundraising for a local school for disabled pupils, when a group pushed the children round the course in their wheelchairs.
Ian will be remembered for being a great friend, his sense of fun and enthusiasm for trying new things and getting others involved. His enthusiasm carried me and others into trying many events we would not otherwise have tried, for example giving fell racing a go.
The joke with Ian was how he got you involved before you knew what you were getting into – though you knew would have a great time and never regretted it.
E.g. ‘How do you fancy trying a 6 mile fell race at Thropton’ was the suggestion one day.
‘OK I’ll give it a go’ I replied.
‘Great we’ll do that. Oh by the way the Great North Run’s the next day’ (the Mountain n’ Marathon Double for those old enough to remember).
A stroll around the Cheviots turned out to be running the Chevy Chase.
You would always recognise Ian immediately after a race as he was the one tucking into the Pork Pies – I still don’t know how he managed that.
Ian leaves behind wife Jane, son Nick, daughter Rebecca, son-in-law Roger and 3 grandchildren.