Published on July 15th, 2014 | by admin0
Mourner’s Bid Farewell to John Walker
Around 200 mourners attended the funeral of local athletics leading light, John Walker with half arriving in their best sports gear.
John Walker passed away on 19th June 2015, after a long illness aged 76 years.
He was a founder member of Centurion Running Club formerly Centurion Joggers in the 70s and organiser of road races in the area including the first World Veterans 10k & 25k Championships held at the NEC. He co–founded the People’s Marathon in Chelmsley Wood and the Centurion Grand Prix Series as well as being a successful coach to champion runners including Gloria Dourass who competed in the 1970 Commonwealth Games 800m.He was also a prominent coach helping many athletes to achieve their ambitions. John always ran, taking part in several London marathons, until a debilitating virus curtailed his activities. For many years he was also involved with the Midlands Masters Athletic Club and helped set up the course for the National Masters Open Road Relays held every year at Sutton Park.
He was a well-known figure in the north of the borough where he helped to significantly improve sports facilities. He also inspired the next generation of athletes through talks at schools.