Paul Anthony 19/2/49 to 6/10/18
It is with deep regret that we have to report the untimely death of Paul Anthony after a short battle with cancer.
Paul joined Notts AC in 1984 on the back of the road running boom and became a popular member of the road running team. In 1988 he was part of a team of Notts runners who ran from Nottingham to London for Charity over 7 days, had a day’s rest and then ran the London Marathon. This effort raised over £8000 for the Anthony Nolan appeal.
It was during a club training weekend in Staffordshire that Paul’s speed as a runner got noticed. At the start of the Buxton 5 mile road race up a narrow road a burst of adrenalin saw Paul lead the race for the first 600 metres, a stunt that got his photo in the Buxton Advertiser and encouraged him to try the same at several other races, much to the amusement of the other Notts AC members.
This was also significant as he realised he genuinely was competitive as a veteran sprinter and he moved down to 400 metres with great success. He ran in many Vets championships including the World Championships in Australia. He was a keen and dedicated man who loved training, whether it was a track session or circuits or weights he worked hard. His fitness was unquestionable and with his best mates Simon Rouse and Alan Steans and later his grandson Sam began visiting remote parts of the world including Everest, Kilimanjaro and Machu Pichu.
Paul had a great sense of humour, loved a pint with the lads and was an unfailingly nice man to know.
His loss at the age of just 69 will be felt by many and our thoughts and condolences go to his wife Jackie and family.