I conveyed the news from Gladys Crellin on Facebook last night that Charlie Weston, the winner of what is now the Manx Telecom Parish Walk in 1989 and 1991, had a stroke on Sunday.
Only the previous day had I considered emailing him to check his date of birth because I had not included him among the age bests that I had recently compiled. Gladys told me that he was in 80 in April so it would appear that his final finish of the course in 2004 must have been the first lap by a 70 year old. Dave Fereday beat that time, aged 73 in 2011, but it would appear that Charlie was the unofficial over 70s record holder for seven years.
He also remains the 7th fastest in the 60 to 64 age group and when he set his time in 1996 he was only the second best to a mighty performance by Brian Ashwell.
By the way, the photo I use here and on Facebook is from the launch of Dermot O'Toole's first book on the Parish Walk history.