Saddened by death of a special man

From: Dr John Snowden

Department of Oncology, University of Sheffield

Like many, I was greatly saddened to hear of the death of Gary Speed.

I met Gary for several minutes around the third mile of the 2010 London Marathon. He was running for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, and I was running for Leukaemia Lymphoma Research.

We had a nice chat about life in Sheffield, the Peak District, the local football clubs and our cancer charities. He was very much the perfect gentleman, friendly and unassuming, even whilst running a marathon.

Unexpectedly, his pace was too slow for me at that point, and, reluctantly, I had to wish him all the best and sped off ahead of him. Needless to say, some 20 miles later, it was not Gary who was hitting the wall. His well controlled pace and mental focus brought him over the finishing line well ahead of me at 3:49:22, as well as raising over £7500 for cancer research.

His widow, Louise, is asking for donations in Gary’s memory to the cancer charities that he supported: www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk and www.johnhartsonfoundation.com.