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  • Dear Friends/Family, I would like to share a contribution page with you which has been created in the $bookTitle$ book. To view the page please click on the following link: $findContributionLink$ Remembering Chris Smith https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/ChrisSmith/Contributions/Find/Messages/andyhind
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    Andy Hind

    United Kingdom | 11 Nov 2020

     

    A tribute to Chris from all at Haywards Heath Harriers - an extract taken from the piece 'Just one more rep to the top of the tank tracks'

    ...Memories are precious and many of us have our own of Chris. But, perhaps strangely, they are not foremost of his blisteringly quick times or immense running prowess. They are more personal and speak of a man who could light up a room as easily as a hill rep session. Those who knew Chris tell of his warmth, humility and sense of humour but he equally made a lasting impact on new people with his down to earth, easy going nature

    In his social running, Chris always seemed happiest climbing the steepest hill, chatting in good company and looking forward to the opportunity for a welcome beer at the end of a session. Those who spent time with him on the annual Haywards Heath / Lewes Christmas 20 mile ‘Ales & Trails’ pub run or the Friday night ‘Lights & Pints’ headtorch runs will know, better than most, just how much these social interactions meant to Chris.

    Chris’s death affects us all. Whether you knew him well or had only just met him, the loss of the opportunity to get to know him better is one of the cruellest and most heart-breaking parts of this. We have lost someone special and very dear to us. Chris was a part of our running family; we will miss and forever remember him.

    So, the next time you find yourself up on the South Downs, battling the perpetual wind and driving rain, maybe dig that little bit deeper and say to yourself, just one more rep to the top of the tank tracks… for Chris.

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  • Dear Friends/Family, I would like to share a contribution page with you which has been created in the $bookTitle$ book. To view the page please click on the following link: $findContributionLink$ Remembering Chris Smith https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/ChrisSmith/Contributions/Find/Messages/geoffjerwood
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    Geoff Jerwood

    United Kingdom | 11 Nov 2020

     

    We were devastated to hear of the passing of Chris Smith while running in the Scottish mountains.Chris is a long-standing friend of Herne Hill Harriers and was an early member of our Middle distance training group. His off road ability was legendary and he ripped up many sessions on Streatham Common, leaving others in his wake.Chris was local to Tooting in those days and joined HHH second claim. We loved having him in our group for his running ability, but most of all because he was a great bloke. Chris was a superb cross country runner winning Surrey League races in the red and black, but nowhere was he more at home than at Parliament Hill. Indeed, he has often been referred to as Mr Parliament Hill. Running there in the coloursof his first claim Thames Valley Harriers, Chris floated over the mud whilst others waded through it. He was a joy to watch on these occasions. He would often join us in the pub afterwards and very much enjoyed the camaraderie. Invariably he would be more interested in how we had all got on, than talking about his own amazing performances. Unsurprisingly, Chris made a superb transition to hill running, and won multiple titles and international vests in this domain. Chris’s passing is a significant loss to the running community, he was one of the finest. Our deepest thoughts are with his wife Lyndsay, their two boys, Cameron and Alastair and all of Chris’s family.

    Geoff Jerwood, Keith Newton & friends from Herne Hill Harriers

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