A racing team from Scunthorpe today said their final farewells to one of their beloved members in their racing kit.
David Barrowcliff, affectionately known as Neil by his family and friends, was a highly regarded member of the Scunthorpe Park Runners.
Sadly, he passed away suddenly while on vacation in Robin Hood’s Bay last month at the age of 81.
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A celebration of the life of David was to take place at St Lawrence Church, Frodingham today.
Members of the Scunthorpe Park Runners then planned to roam the streets to the Woodlands Crematorium in their running kits.
David has regularly volunteered his time to raise awareness and fundraise for charities.
In 2019, at the age of 79, David ran the Winterton Ten Mile to raise donations for the Myeloma UK charity – which focuses on the discovery, development and access to effective new treatments for the bone marrow cancer.
Myeolma UK had a special place in David’s heart after losing his brother to illness.
David’s daughter Sarah said she was touched by responses from people who contacted and knew him.
Sarah added: âThey are so beautiful! They made us cry because they are so adorable. My mom, I, my sister and my fiance Ashley were so touched to read them all. “
A spokesperson for the Scunthorpe Park Runners said: âIt is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Neil Barrowcliff, a regular runner and volunteer at Scunthorpe Park and a really lovely man. He will be sorely missed. “
Jayne Broughton, who has been running for 35 years and is a member of the Scunthorpe Park Runners, added: âI first met David at a Scunthorpe Park Run about three years ago and he’s always been very supportive of me. as well as the other members.
She explained that David’s love for running didn’t hold the 80-year-old back during the lockdown.
âHe would always run a number eight in his backyard to keep running while we were stuck at home due to the lockdown.
âHe would go out for a run with the new members to help them feel like a part of the team and he would always encourage you. He will be sorely missed, âJayne said.
Tributes poured in for David from the people who knew him best.
A supporter said: âRlP Neil, a very good friend of the family for many years and a very inspiring character. “
Another said: âI had known Neil for years at the running club and also Scunny Utd. He was a true gentleman and the world has lost a star … keep running with the others we have lost.
David is survived by his devoted wife Cathy, his daughters Lisa and Sarah, the fiancee of Sarah Ashley, as well as the many friends he has made in his life.
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