It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Joe Beswick of Helsby Running Club at the age of 89.
Joe was a talented runner who started off his athletics career in the army, developing into an inspirational coach in multiple local clubs. In addition to his athletic activities, he was heavily involved in organising outdoor adventures for both voluntary organisations and the apprentices in his charge. My recollections of Joe started off during his years as a vet 70 when he was particularly competitive (holding his age group record for the Rivington Pike race for a number of years). More recently you will have heard his “wahh hay” as he supported and marshalled at numerous races, popping up in the most obscure places and giving you that extra boost as you felt yourself flagging.
Unfortunately, in these days of Covid restrictions, there will be limited numbers at his funeral, we will try and ensure that the running community are represented as best we can.