Obviously it’s with great sadness that I send out this weekend’s results as there is a notable name missing from the results. Last year Robbie Webster was either first or second v70 in each Border League race and even this year was still running in the hills, often seen at a fell race or bounding over Helsby in the daytime.
Below is a profile of Robbie that Joe and Mario have given me as many of the new runners may not have known Robbie plus more long term members might like to look at too, as it covers many of Robbies best times. It will be nice to add some comments to this blog article if you get the chance and maybe share some memories or wish your best to his family
Robbie didn’t start running till he was 31 but achieved a sub 3 hour marathon and 35 minute ten k among other accomplishments as well as some great battles at races in the club against the likes of Andy Todd.
I know many of you will have your own memories to cherish and I for one will be thankful that I got to spend a little time with Robbie at races and see him enjoying the hills, especially him tackling Cadar Idris earlier this year and the banter he had with Jimmy at each of the fell races was brilliant to behold. Being in the hills walking was something he did with a lot of his spare time and I know many of you will feel the same loss. If you get a moment next time you are in a fell race, have a think of Robbie and a look round when you reach a summit and remember we should make the most of all the time we get and let’s never forget what value a person’s spirit can give even when they are enjoying a separate journey, or a race that they can now enjoy by taking an eternity to complete.
I speak on behalf of everyone I am sure that this is a sad loss for Helsby Running Club but also we should be thankful Robbie enjoyed many years at Helsby in some grand times, such as driving the team mini-bus and being part of the big racing adventure on many weekends.
For those who wish to go to his funeral the details are below. If you need any more information please contact Mario as he has been brilliant in looking after Robbie these last few months and is in communication with Robbie’s family
Robbies funeral arrangements.
The Service and Burial will be 1.30 in Alvanley church (opposite White Lion Pub) on Friday December 28th.
Family flowers only have been requested and Donations to the Intensive Care Unit at ‘The Royal Liverpool Hospital’ would be welcomed and greatly appreciated.
The get together afterwards is at BICC club.
The address for condolence cards is,
c/o Vicky Sims
Nr Craven Arms,