It was with great sadness that members of Glasgow Triathlon Club learned of the passing of Bill Rees last week. The funeral for the popular athlete, who had been battling a brain tumour, took place yesterday.
In honour of Bill’s life, many club members decided to run 5k (or more) in his memory over the last 10 days. Bill and his wife Sue were regulars at the Queen’s parkrun. The couple had completed 12 of the 21 parkruns that take place weekly in the south-side park.
Among those that ran, some posted messages to highlight their fondness for Bill.
Michelle McCabe wrote: “5k for Bill. He was friendly and supportive, a true ambassador for GTC. We were lucky to have him in the club.”
Duggie Mac wrote: “Pollok Park run in memory of Bill & thinking of Sue. Always there encouraging us & others.”
Brian Campbell completed a “quiet and contemplative” run for Bill.
Tom Kemlo: “For Bill. He will always be a big part of this club.”
Beth and Jim Jim Lockhart: “We ran for Bill Rees this morning. It felt easier somehow. Thanks to Bill for being such an amazing support to so many in the club.”
Amanda Murphy ran 7k run for fellow Irishman Bill Rees. She wrote: “If I ever get to wear an Irish trisuit, it will be because of Bill.”
Maggie Darroch: “Slowest 5k on heavy legs. I could hear Bill telling me I’d be decent at triathlon if only I could run!”
Fiona Russell and Vicky Begg ran together one evening. Fiona wrote: “We talked of good times and sad times – and we resolved to do more evening runs this winter. In fond memory of Bill Rees.”
Neebs Coia: “I ran this morning thinking of Bill Rees and Sue and then did a pool swim at the Western Baths. I decided on at least 1500m as Bill often said to me that his favoured triathlon was Olympic distance. His reckoning was that a sprint is over too quickly. I have to agree with you on that one Bill.”
Others who ran in Bill’s memory include Craig Ross, Louise Ross, Richard Macneil, Neal Padmanabhan, Christine Catterson and Alan Anderson
On the day of the funeral, some 20 club members turned out to line the streets as Bill made his final journey. Sue is grateful to all those who paid their last respects to her husband. She has also thanked everyone for running in Bill’s memory and for the many lovely comments posted on Facebook.
Last night, as a mark of respect, the track running session was dedicated to Bill, with the theme: “Overcoming adversity and just getting on with it.”
Have a read of this article posted in 2016 when Bill was athlete of the month.
A special memorial article will be posted once we have spoken to Sue.