Members of Burnham-On-Sea Harriers Running Club gathered together on Thursday (May 21st) to give a fantastic send-off to a popular founding member of the club who sadly died of Coronavirus earlier this month.
Brian Beale, 84, was well known for his volunteering work with Burnham Harriers running club, helping to organise the Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon, Brent Knoll Race and the town’s Parkrun. He passed away after catching Covid-19 in hospital, as reported here.
Members of the running club lined the street, while keeping socially distanced, and clapped as Brian took his final journey on Wednesday, as pictured here.
A spokesman from Burnham Harriers running club told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We are all very sad of the death of Brian. He was one of the founding members of Burnham Harriers in 1981, and had remained active in the club until a few months ago.”
“He continued to help organize the Harriers races, including the Burnham Half Marathon and Brent Knoll race, with his great experience of having been Run Director at these events for many years.”
“He was an active adjudicator at many races for other clubs, and was closely involved with the Somerset Series.”
“He was a regular volunteer at Burnham and Highbridge Parkrun, attending nearly every week and helping with the results. His tireless effort often went on behind the scenes, to ensure the smooth running of the sport he loved. He was a great inspiration within the club, offering advice, support and encouragement to many. He will be greatly missed.”
Pictured: Members of Burnham Harriers Running Club giving an emotional send-off to club founder Brian Beale this week (Photos Mark Benton)