Photo gallery: Tribute paid to Norwich man Monty Fairfoot during parkrun event

The Parkrun at Eaton Park in memory of the City of Norwich AC runner Monty Fairfoot. The City if Nor

The Parkrun at Eaton Park in memory of the City of Norwich AC runner Monty Fairfoot. The City if Norwich AC runners take part. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

Runners from City of Norwich Athletic Club have paid a special tribute to one of their members, who died recently at the age of 53.

Monty Fairfoot had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and died on Saturday, July 13.

Some members of City of Norwich Athletic Club (CONAC) had attended Mr Fairfoot's funeral on Friday, after being invited by his wife, Jenny, and teenage children, Ellie and Rory.

Mr Fairfoot, who lived in Christchurch Road in Norwich, had been a keen competitor and volunteer at the Norwich parkrun, which is held at 9am in Eaton park on Saturday mornings.

Richard Polley, events director of CONAC and one of the organisers of Norwich parkrun, said Mr Fairfoot had taken part in his first parkrun in August 2010 and went on to take part in 83 of the events, which are held in cities all over the world.


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He said 80 of those were the Norwich parkrun and that Mr Fairfoot also volunteered to help run the event 22 times.

'He quickly became, in both CONAC and Norwich parkrun, a member of the family,' said Mr Polley. 'He was also a willing volunteer and regularly turned out to make sure the parkrun ran smoothly for other people.'

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On Saturday, the CONAC runners taking part in the Norwich parkrun stuck together as a group and completed the 5km circuit together as a tribute to Mr Fairfoot.

Bucket collections for Marie Curie Cancer Care were also being held, in Mr Fairfoot's memory.

Mr Polley said: 'Monty's first parkrun was on August 7, 2010 and he was 100 out of 117 in a time of 33.51 (minutes) and over the years he improved to a best ever of 24.03.

'We held a minute's silence at the first parkrun when news had come through. We decided to run round together so we took all the CONAC members off the volunteer roster.

'We also did this in 2004 when one of our leading lights, Peter Andrews, died after he had a heart attack.'

The collection buckets for Marie Curie Cancer Care will again be at Norwich parkrun next Saturday or donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/montyfairfoot

- Would you like to pay tribute to a loved one? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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