Ever-present club loses a member

Bill Young with wife Glynis
Bill Young with wife Glynis

The Hastings Half Marathon has sadly lost one of its ever-present runners.

Bill Young - the oldest member of the select group of people to have taken part in every Hastings Half Marathon so far - died on Saturday night aged 75.

Hastings Half Marathon race director Eric Hardwick, who was intending to visit Bill on Sunday, said: “He was a great personal friend and supporter of our event, and will be very sadly missed.”

Bill was diagosed with cancer six years ago, but fought the disease to complete his 100th marathon and keep his Hastings Half Marathon record going.

Spectactors may well be able to picture Bill, a very tall figure who walked round at the back of the field in recent years. In fact, this year he was planning on going round in a wheelchair like Bill Bailey did years ago.

A very pleasant and likeable man, Bill was the founder of Seaford Striders, and held all the major positons in the club, including chairman and president.

Bill’s passing means there are now 17 people who have taken part in all 27 Hastings Half Marathons to date. Thirteen of those 17 have already entered the 2012 event, including the only woman, Sylvia Huggett.