Harry Johnson, 1935-2023

It is with great sadness that Newburgh Nomads last week said goodbye to our good friend and member, Harry Johnson.

Harry Johnson, supporting the Harrock Hill race (photo Mike Hitchmough)

Harry enjoyed a full and happy life with diverse interests, which included sport: football, running, cycling, and rock climbing; his love of travelling abroad and classic cars; his longstanding work with the Douglas Valley Lions, for those less fortunate; and of course, enjoying time with his family and friends.

Harry's family and the Douglas Valley Lions paid fitting tribute to Harry at a packed Christ Church, Newburgh, on 22 September.  Fifteen fellow runners from Newburgh Nomads, past and present, attended the church and Southport crematorium to pay their respect.  Every aspect of Harry's life was represented by those assembled, to remember, celebrate and to honour the life of our great friend.

Harry's running achievements included several marathons, in which he was capable of running a sub-3hr time.  He ran in London, New York, Boston, to name a few.  Harry's exploits off-road were equally as impressive, becoming the oldest completer at the time of the Joss Naylor Challenge at the young age of 75.  Harry still holds the record as the oldest finisher of the Montane Lakeland 50 mile trail run at the age of 80.  Yes, eighty years old!

Joss Naylor with Harry Johnson (courtesy of Chris Lloyd)

Harry continued to lead a very active life right to the end, cycling and running.  He'd been supporting the Harrock Hill race only days before.

Harry Johnson, a gentleman and a legend.