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Harlow runners pay their respects to much-loved Spencer Brooks

Athletics / Wed 5th Feb 2020 at 08:57am

THE HARLOW running community has paid its respects to much-loved Spencer Brooks, who had died following a long battle with cancer.

Spencer, who was 47, had been battling with brain cancer for some time but never gave in, never looked for sympathy and was an example to us all.

He was a member of Harlow Running Club and a regular at Harlow parkrun. He was still taking part in events, right up until Christmas. Spencer was the consummate team player.

A spokesperson for Harlow Running Club said: “We were very saddened to learn that Spencer died this week.⁣⁣
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“The Harlow Parkrun regular and all-round amazing man lost his battle with cancer, peacefully and surrounded by his loving family.⁣⁣
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“A devoted husband and father, ⁣⁣Spencer had run more than 220 parkruns and a number of races with the club. He was a popular, kind natured, encouraging person who made a big impact on people since he joined in 2011.⁣⁣”

The Parkrun and Beyond group met on Wednesday night at the Mark Hall Academy track. Before training, members Andy Smith and Lee Webber both paid tribute to there friend. Andy Smith said: “The one thing that Spencer would want us to do is to keep on running, to keep being friends and love life.”
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To honour Spencer, a minutes’ applause will be held before club sessions this week.

Harlow parkrun is marking Spencer’s passing on Saturday and has asked participants to wear a football jersey or a simple black top.

Back in May, 2019, Spencer (pictured right with his brother) ran his 200th parkrun. At that time, he was joined by his family.

https://www.yourharlow.com/2019/05/29/athletics-brain-cancer-survivor-spencer-makes-it-200-not-out-at-harlow-park-run/

Last year, Harlow runner, Robin Lozeau ran the Valencia Marathon for Brain Cancer charity.

Two other HRC runners, Martin Coulter and Louise Cootes plan to swim 5k in memory of Spencer.

The link is here..https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/louiseandmartynswimathon2020?fbclid=IwAR2CehGPYaGK7_8jircSklVyBeX7gksr5qrEGOhigrHDVrxY3Tb9SZ0HkKc&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_content=LouiseAndMartynSwimathon2020&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_source=Facebook

ParkrunandBeyond runner Marin Elven paid this tribute: “Never heard anyone say a bad word about him, never heard him say a bad word about anyone else. A true gentleman, who fought his battle with dignity and honour, and no complaints about the hand he was dealt.

“I’m going to miss him. A lot.

We will be publish further tributes as they come in.

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