Harriers mourn Adrian | Herald Morpeth
A world-class guidance counselor, Adrian joined the club in 1975 and quickly encouraged young people to try the sport.
While he was only a moderate level runner, he was nonetheless a good navigator, and was able to pass his knowledge and experience on to younger runners, which was achieved by the authorities when he was appointed coach of the British junior team.
He was also very active in training youngsters at Morpeth Harriers and was coaching training groups on the city’s roads as late as 2019.
He also continued to compete at a high level both domestically and abroad as a veteran of orienteering, making his way to an event in Porto just last year.
A prolific organizer of orienteering events in the North East (which would also at one point include the National Championships), his enthusiasm has led many Harriers to perform official duties in parts of the Northumberland countryside.
Technically, he was one of the leading planners and mappers of orienteering courses, an essential requirement for competitions.
In recent years he has been instrumental in organizing an annual orienteering race for schoolchildren in Wallington Hall Park, a promotion which unfortunately ended.
He could always be counted on to play his part in organizing other club events, whether they were championship track and field matches, road races or cross country meetings.
He was a star in his own branch of the sport, a reliable organizer, a cheerleader for young people and an utterly sympathetic man.
Everything to Morpeth Harriers owes him a lot and he will be sadly missed.