Running for Rich!!

Below are some of the people who have been inspired to take on personal challenges in Richard’s memory. If you have been inspired to take on a challenge in Rich’s memory let us know!

Rich’s work colleague and friend Tony Barker will be taking on the extremely challenging Ironman Lanzarote! This brutal event will see him swimming 2.4 miles in the sea, 112 mile bike in the blazing heat, and all topped off with a marathon run. Tony is raising funds for Papworth Hospital Charity – please click here to support him.

Knights of Suffershire!

Parkrun and Almosts Athletes friends take on the ‘Knights of Suffershire’ challenge. Claire Gallagher and Lepha have organised a grueling session of 10 Suffershire videos back to back for individuals or in teams in a bid to raise money for the Sepsis Trust. Ben, the manager from Suffershire has kindly agreed to allow the would-be-knights to use the building for free, and donated all entry fees taken.

To sponsor the Sepsis Trust, please visit the JustGiving page here.

Rich’s work colleagues take on the ~100 or so miles of the Cotswold way! Click here for their story.

Rich's colleagues on their Cotswold Way Adventure!

Chris Barratt Swims 2km in Cornish waters in Rich’s memory. He is fundraising for British Heart Foundation and Help for Heroes

Jean Witty has committed to running 500km in 50 weeks. In so doing, she is fundraising for Papworth Hospital Charity. Go Jean go!!

Tribute paid to Rich at Gloucester City parkrun

(the below was originally posted here)

Co-Event Director Farook Mota gave an emotional send off to Rich Walklate; a fellow parkrunner, core team member and one of the founders of Cheltenham parkrun. Rich tragically died last week aged only 33.
Rich was the perfect parkrun role model, always volunteered before he ran himself. The fact that in his 5 years of being involved with parkrun in Cheltenham as one of the founder members and he only ran 95 parkruns is testimony to Rich’s selfless personality. Rich worked hard on course and behind the scenes to ensure that parkrun always happened. After a one minute applause to celebrate all that Rich had achieved and for his dedication to parkrun RD for the morning Cate Lane delivered the run brief which was a bit trickier due to the temporary start and finish.

Almosts remember Rich at parkrun


Almosts remember Rich at parkrun

Almost Athletes got the weekend underway with the Cheltenham parkrun, to remember the life of Rich Walklate, one of the original Cheltenham parkrun co-founders, supporters and part of the core team. The Run4Rich Memorial run, was  attended by parents Jane and Steve Walklate as well as family amongst a record 723 runners. Runners wore caps in tribute to Rich, sporting banners and flags with pictures of Rich at the Everest Marathon which he ran last year.  Rich had been working hard to get his parkrun time back under 20 minutes with support from Matt Polson, in memory of this planned 100th parkrun milestone Polson was a under twenty minute pacer.


Thank you

Yesterday will live forever in our memories.

We had already been overwhelmed with the response of Rich’s colleagues and friends from Cheltenham, Southampton and beyond. But we were not prepared for the outpouring of love and gratitude that was shown for Rich at yesterday’s Cheltenham Parkrun.

There were so many tributes paid to Rich, whether it was simply sporting a cap, the kind gestures and words of the runners as they passed us, or the messages and photographs that have been sent since.

Particular thanks go out to:

  • Malc Smith and James Clay for their wonderful tributes at the beginning of the run
  • the cheerleader Kev, who set the tone
  • Laura, who looked after us so well before and throughout the run
  • Janine for her invaluable support
  • Prash for coping with our somewhat complex bar code requests
  • all the Cheltenham Parkrun volunteers for cheering us round, waving flags and generally showing their support, not to mention those behind the scenes
  • everyone who stayed and clapped us over the finish line and through the funnel when we finally reached it.

Heartfelt thanks to everyone.

Steve and Jane, Rachel and Anna