Athletics: Emotional tributes to much-loved Spencer Brooks at Harlow parkrun

HUNDREDS of Harlow park runners paid tribute to Spencer Brooks who passed away last weekend aged just 47.

Course director, Sara Coombe made a fitting tribute to the much-loved remember of Harlow Running Club. Sara told the assembled runners that the bridge close to the old pitch and putt course would be forever known as “Brooks Bridge”

This was followed by a heartfelt tribute from fellow runner Andy Smith. Andy said: “Spencer will be missed but it is important that his life is celebrated.

“Everytime you go over that bridge, think of Spencer”.

Spencer’s son Sonny also spoke and thanked everyone for coming and paying tribute to his dad.

Spencer’s widow, Sharon Brooks ran the course and for the last kilometre was joined by friends and family. As you can see from our film, many runners stayed behind to clap Sharon in as she finished the parkrun.

Details regarding Spencer’s funeral arrangments

From the Brooks family

There will be a service at Parndon Wood Crematorium next Saturday 15th at 11:00 am followed by a gathering to celebrate his life at Harlow Cricket Club in Old Harlow.

No flowers or tribute “teddies” etc. Spence always considered that a total waste of money.

He has requested instead for donations to St Clare Hospice and there will be a secure box at the service for anyone wishing to make a donation.
I know Saturdays are unusual but Spence didn’t want to “eat into” everyone’s annual leave and he also didn’t want people worrying about having a drink because of work the next day. Typical of him.

I also think it’s his way of “inspiring” his running family to get a PB at the Parkrun!

Everyone that wants to attend is welcome and if any of you know someone that isn’t on here that might like to come and pay their respects please let them know the details.

The boys and I would like to thank you again for your kind words and continued support.

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