It is with the greatest sadness that we have to report the sudden death 0n Friday 16th September 2016 of Wakefield Harriers Chairman and former GB International, John Newsome.
A formidable marathon runner who during his long and distinguished racing career won many top honours, including the Yorkshire marathon title no fewer than 7 times! He also won the Northern marathon title before gaining his first Great Britain vest in the Ultava International in Czechoslovakia in 1968. He went on to win this race for 4 consecutive years.
Amongst his many titles were 4 Yorkshire 20 Mile championships and the London to Brighton race.
He also recorded some excellent long distance times on the track, and his marathon best of 2hrs 16min 7 secs set in Prague in 1970 remains the club record.
John Newsome’s funeral is Thursday 29th September at West Wakefield Methodist Church, Horbury Road WF2 8QR at 12.00 followed by Wakefield Crematorium Standbridge Lane WF4 3JA at 1.00pm