There are times when our sporting achievements do not matter, but our participation is paramount. Armistice Day and the weekend’s commemorative activity was an opportunity for us to remember the nation’s war dead.
This weekend, for the running community, there was an additional poignancy. North, South, East and West, across the breadth and depth of the country, young and old runners, their coaches and families, paid their deepest respect to the two young Aldershot, Farnham and District athletes, Lucy Pygott and Stacey Burrows.
Black ribbons were worn, wreaths were laid, silence was impeccably observed and tears were shed. Local league races, the grass roots of our sport, underlined why we are so fortunate to be part of the running community. There have been tragic losses in terrible circumstances, many of us will remember Sam Haughian and Ed Prickett. Hugely talented athletes whose lives were so cruelly ended. For those of us with teenage children, we cannot begin to understand what this means.
We dedicate ourselves to our training to be successful, but we also value the great friendships and support that come with our participation. Many of us will have trained and raced this weekend, and paid our respects to two young talents. With dignity and sensitivity, the members and officials of AFD have been a beacon in our great sport. Our thoughts are with you.
Herne Hill Harriers