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West Highland Way Race

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13 Jan
11:08am, 13 Jan 2021
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That's my feeling M1nty, is it just seems so unfair and wasn't his time. I'm hoping his family though, through their faith, are able to say that it was God's will and that gives them some comfort or meaning for them.

Gus, yip I saw that bit but that just means that a valve or artery required support, not what the underlying condition was. Stents are what they do for folk with collapsed or clogged arteries, I think, but as M1nty described so well, John was a paragon of virtue in his diet and lifestyle. But I guess heart defects come in many forms.

Looked out a couple of pics that he kindly sent me from races. And in terms of the West Highland Way race, he was just everywhere - the training, the podcasts, the inspiration evenings, start line, finish line, Lundavra bonfire on the Lairig Mor, or in the race itself.

And at the presentation ceremony. I actually can't remember if I got mine from him, Ian or Sean in 2015.

I had a great chat with him after one of the training runs - can't remember if it was in By the Way or in the pub at Oak Tree, but grilling him on training and what to focus on. Downhill repeats were one of his recommendations that I took on board and I credit him that I was still able to run the downhills by the time I got to the fire road and the finish into Fort Bill.

Rest in peace John. And thank you for all your wonderful support.
13 Jan
11:10am, 13 Jan 2021
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at the end of the day
Happy G, your point about his age and his incredible fitness had me wondering as well, speaking as a 64 year old i think we tend to take these things for granted, this tragic news has shocked me having known him for around 16 years..
17 Jan
9:47pm, 17 Jan 2021
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mrs shanksi
It's been a hard day, I've been moved reading all the tributes to John online. Your post M1nty was so eloquent, and Ian's too. We had a run to the castle with Lachlan and were chatting about John. It's hard to believe he's gone. Two days time is the first anniversary of my Mum's death so I think I'm more emotional than usual. Just feels so sad, people going before their time and he couldn't even have a normal funeral. Thinking of you all x
17 Jan
10:42pm, 17 Jan 2021
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It has been so very hard to comprehend, hasn't it, Mrs S? And the suddenness too. I haven't been able to read much or open up really until today, and it was only Katrina and the family's request that those who knew him run, jog or walk for an hour his afternoon and post this onto John's FB page that made me want to put something on.
There are those friends who were closer and spent more time with him. I can only imagine what Ian B is going through, but I still felt John was like a father-figure to me, certainly in the world of ultra running. I always sensed he was looking out for - and looking after - me, as I'm sure he was for many of us.
18 Jan
8:42am, 18 Jan 2021
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I did a walk, instead of a run, at 3-4pm yesterday for my #milesforJohn. It seemed fitting as my wife asked me if I wanted to walk the dog with her to spend time with my loved one, as John was so dedicated to his family. Must be so tough for his family and close friends.
18 Jan
9:32am, 18 Jan 2021
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We walked as well.
As M1nty says, it's hard to comprehend.
18 Jan
12:17pm, 18 Jan 2021
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Really sorry you are feeling sad about your Mum's death mrs s. Anniversaries are hard.

In some ways it's lovely to read all the unfailingly positive things about John and his life, but also highlights how tragic his untimely death is. Duchess wrote a particularly lovely tribute, I felt.
18 Jan
12:28pm, 18 Jan 2021
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mrs shanksi
Thanks G. Yes everyone had kind words to say, I hope it's a comfort to his family and close friends.

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