Building Athletic Confidence

We welcome all ages from 7 upwards

Where we meet >See gallery >

Lord Lawson of Beamish
Thumbnail

by Val Baxter

January 16, 2017

Remembrances of Jimmy Richardson

Our honorary member, Jimmy Richardson, unfortunately passed away in the QE hospital in the early hours of Friday 13th January. He was 65 and had been in hospital for only a few days. I am sure our longstanding members will all remember Jimmy and his remarkable achievements. For our newer members I will recap below.

Jimmy was a talented international Paralympic athlete held in high esteem. He lived in Birtley and represented GB to 4 Paralympics from Seoul in 1988 consecutively through to Sydney in 2000, winning multiple Gold and Silver medals in addition to world records for the Club event. He became involved with Birtley Athletics Club in 1995 as an honorary member where I coached him for the final 6 years of his career. He improved during his twilight years, to increase his world record and also achieve further Olympic and World championship medals.

I was also reminded tonight by Dot of his BBC Sports Personality of the Year award which he won in 2000 and we both had a chuckle about his reluctance to pay the £75 it cost for the trophy!! During this time he was a very proud ambassador for Birtley AC and ensured the club name was displayed at many international events.

I am personally saddened and extremely shocked by this; as recently as 3 weeks ago, I spent some time with Jimmy and Dot as I regularly do and he was fit and well. I remember discussing with him the high profile nature of the Paralympics now and the fact that his achievements would have made him a national household name in current times.

I have send condolences on behalf of Birtley Athletics Club but if anyone has any messages or words and posts them below I will ensure that Dot receives them.

Jimmy’s funeral is provisionally arranged for 1.45 next Monday (23rd Jan) at Saltwell Crematorium in Gateshead, subject to Funeral Directors confirmation.

Graeme Reid

Posted in Uncategorized 3 months ago Permalink


Comments

  • Author's Avatar Val Baxter January 16, 2017 at 8:11 am

    All comments will be passed on to Jimmy's family, thank you.

  • Author's Avatar Brian bailes January 16, 2017 at 8:22 am

    A true gentle man, always had good words about the club, and always interested in the young ones, this is very sad.

  • Author's Avatar peter terry January 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    jimmy was a great friend to me and my family and i was saddened to hear of his death .

Search

Upcoming Events

Apr
30
Sun
10:30 am NEYDL T & F League @ Eastbourne Sports Complex
NEYDL T & F League @ Eastbourne Sports Complex
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am
NEYDL T & F League @ Eastbourne Sports Complex | England | United Kingdom
The NEYDL is a fantastic opportunity to try your hand at various athletics events – for free! Your team managers Gary and Shannel Curtis will discuss which events you will be competing in at each[...]
May
1
Mon
9:00 am NOTAN – Junior outdoor Grand Pri... @ Churchill playing fields, Whitley Bay
NOTAN – Junior outdoor Grand Pri... @ Churchill playing fields, Whitley Bay
May 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
NOTAN - Junior outdoor Grand Prix (Yr 3-6) @ Churchill playing fields, Whitley Bay | England | United Kingdom
1st event this Saturday April 1st, for ages 8-12.  *Note 2nd event is May Bank holiday (Monday), rest are Saturday mornings.  Quadkids format of run, jump, throw.  A fun, friendly event for young athletes, volunteers[...]
May
3
Wed
6:30 pm NEMAA Open Road Relay Champs, Be... @ Bedeswell Park, Jarrow (Monkton Stadium)
NEMAA Open Road Relay Champs, Be... @ Bedeswell Park, Jarrow (Monkton Stadium)
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
NEMAA Open Road Relay Champs, Bedeswell Park, Jarrow @ Bedeswell Park, Jarrow (Monkton Stadium)
Two relay races both 3 legs of 3km, each leg is 2 laps each of 1.5km. Race1: Women(35 and over) and Men 65 and over. Race 2 Men 35 and over. Details here Course Address:[...]

Strava

Sponsors