Click here for link to GloucestershireLive article following Rich’s funeral in Cheltenham – Published 4th June.
(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.
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.
(taken from http://www.almostathletes.co.uk/news.html)
Almost Athletes were deeply shocked and saddened to learn that one of their members – Rich Walklate – passed away this weekend. Rich had been both a great athlete, staunch supporter of Cheltenham parkrun and friend to many, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. The events in which Almosts took part this weekend are dedicated to his memory.