Ron Reed sadly passes away

I have to report that Ron Reed, who was I believe,  an early member of the club passed away this weekend.  He was in his nineties. More information will be posted here when it is known.

Ron currently holds  5 club records: the M65 4 Mile record; the M75 5 Mile, 10, Mile and half marathon records; and the M80 Half Marathon record which he set at the Wilmslow Half Marathon in March 2008.

Ron was mentioned in a report from the Macclesfield Express on 8th March 2006.

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OLYMPIC boxing champion Amir Khan will once again join the international athletes and top flight amateurs in the biggest ever Wilmslow Half Marathon.

Now in its 22nd year and firmly established as one of the UK’s top road races, the 13 mile race takes place on Sunday, March 19.

Athletes and celebrities from all over the country will line up with hundreds of local runners at 10.30am at Wilmslow Rugby Club, waiting for the starter’s pistol.

Roy Pownall, race secretary, said: “This year is the biggest in the 22 year history of the race. We expect more than 3,500 competitors to complete the course.”

The race, organised by Wilmslow Running Club, is the last big event in the running calendar as competitors prepare for the London Marathon.

Frequently oversubscribed, new sponsors, ASICS, hope to expand the number of entrants to 5,000 over the next three years.

Spokesman, Andrew Freeman, said: “The Wilmslow Half Marathon is a hugely successful event that has built up a huge following over the last 22 years and ASICS hope to continue building on that success.”

Ranging in age from 17 to 79, this year sees a varied field of competitors, including a return visit for world renowned boxer Amir Khan.

Other competitors to watch this year include Wilmslow Running Club’s Ron Reed, the oldest in the field who has become a familiar face in the Wilmslow Half Marathon over the years.

Deeside runner Sid Bailey is the only competitor in this year’s field who has completed each of the 21 previous half marathons.

Roy said: “He has the honour of wearing race number 22 as it is the 22nd time he has run the event.”

Race number one goes to 18-year-old James Shaw, of Ashton Under Lyne, of East Cheshire Harriers.

He is aiming to break the world record of 78 minutes and 13 seconds for a runner with a learning difficulty.

There are more Wilmslow and Mobberley residents running than ever before, however the race continues to attract runners from overseas.

Egyptian runner Hussein Ahmed is expected to have the longest journey to the start line after spotting the event details on the internet.

Last year’s winner Thomas Abyu of Salford Harriers will not be back to defend his title in 2006, however his team mate Eddie Simpson is likely to be one of the front runners.

Other elite runners expected to lead the field include brothers Dave and Andy Norman, of Altrincham Harriers, Bingley Harrier’s Andy Peace and Wilmslow Running Club’s Mike Halman.

Cheshire’s top half marathon runner Mike Proudlove and Birchfield Harriers’ Mark Dalkins should also be among the front runners.

Charities for 2006 include Francis House Children’s Hospice and the David Lewis Centre.

In 2005, more than £100,000 was raised for The East Cheshire Hospice and Christies Against Cancer.

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Incidentally at that race.

Well Andy Norman won it by over a minute (1L05:54) .  James Shaw ran in 1:17:08!!

The first WRC runner was Mike Halman (1:10:7).  Mick was 2M55, Nicky 3L45.

StuartP edged  TomMc finishing 21st . Similarly Julie edged out a gallant Don by a heartbeat (both 1:44:45). A young Rob was 4th club member – 2 lady runners finishing  in front of him. Other runners included  – in no particular order – Jim, IanS, SteveR, Amanda, Gareth (just ahead of Simon) , Kate and Cat. And others I have forgotten!

And Ron?  Well he was 1M75 in a time of 2:16:30.  His record of 1:46:06 set in 2002 still stands.

6 Comments

  1. Mick Fairs: Very sorry to hear about Ron. He was a stalwart of the club for many years and a brilliant vet runner. RIP

    Stuart Parrott So sorry the first person to greet me as I joined lovely man RIP

    Ian Smallwood Very sorry to hear the sad news. I remember Ron for making sure I was OK when I first joined Wilmslow. I also had the honour of running with him during the last few miles of the 2008 Wilmslow Half – it was an amazing performance.

  2. Sad news indeed. Ron was a lovely man, very unassuming, but with a tremendous running pedigree. He set many club records but was always modest about his achievements.

  3. Bill Heaton: Very sad news. I think Ron joined the club 2/3 years after it started. His son Ken also ran for the club for a few years. Ron was a regular on training nights and at races. He usually won prizes and so really helped in putting the club on the map.
    He was always friendly and had a smile and didn’t really talk like a runner but he clearly trained hard and was a determined racer.
    A club legend. RIP Ron.

  4. Kate Sutton: Ron was my mentor when I started – he was 35 years older than me and I could barely keep up. I owe him a lot.

  5. Andy Watts: Ron was a local legend in his 70s – few of his age could get anywhere near him. And such a lovely man, always supportive and helpful. A delight to know and to run with.

  6. When I joined the club, Ron was one of the first people I met. He was very friendly and welcoming an an inspiration to us (relatively), younger members. Soon after joining he gave me the ‘opportunity’ of joining him on the Thursday night run. After the first mile I was gasping for breath, (although my Group three chums will probably attest that this is my normal state when out on a run).
    RIP Ron, a true athlete and a gentleman.

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