I am sorry that I am having to post such sad and shocking news but it was with great sadness that I learnt this morning that Mark Young has passed away unexpectedly. Mark has been a member of the club for some years and was a fabulous coach for one of our beginner groups at the Leisure Centre. Mark was also a 'nuts about XC' squirrel. In more recent years he has concentrated on triathlons and has represented GB. Mark worked in the police and was due to retire soon after which he hoped to work as a personal trainer. He would have been awesome. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very sad time. We will let you know details of his funeral once arrangements have been made.
a very sad day
of course we will send a card to the family on behalf of the club
our thoughts are with his family and friends
Such sad news..... I’ll never forget the 1st time I came to the club he came over to me, made me feel welcome and guided me to which group I should train with then introduced me to Paul....., really really nice man. Thoughts to his friends and family 🙏🏻.
yes very sad news,
he's been a member for many years, always had time to chat to people.
Met his wife, his children have trained at the club too.
will be missed.
So sad to hear this news. Mark was such a lovely guy and fun to be around. The sporting community will miss a genuine and honest chap.
Tragic news. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Very sad news about Mark.
I first met Mark when our working lives in the Met Police crossed paths at Highbury in the mid-90’s. He was a uniform Sergeant and he responded to a call when I asked for help with an elderly lady who was lost, but probably very close to her home. In such a busy environment he stood out as a really decent caring person. Within a few years Mark joined NHRR and it was lovely to get to know him outside of work and it was great to run with him.
I have many memories of Mark when he was part of the group of runners that used to meet on Sundays to run out to Preston or Weston on those extended marathon training runs. If you ran with that group you will remember how enjoyable and supportive it was. There is a bend in the road just outside of Pirton where Mark stopped one spring morning to announce completing his 1000th mile of marathon training that particular year and I still think of him when I run through there.
Running gives us a lot, but on days like today, with the loss of Mark, it takes away a huge amount also.
Love to his family and friends.
I didn't know Mark, but clearly he touched the lives of many in a very positive way. To me, that is one of the best legacies for anyone to strive for.
My thoughts, prayers and condolences to all affected.
Devastating new!! My story is the same as Darren so welcome the first time I went to the club.
Thoughts are with his family
Such sad news, Mark was such a nice guy. Feeling very sad today.
Very sad news. Will miss saying, "young Mark", my usual greeting to him, at First Saturday.....
What awful news. Mark did so much to help the club. He was excellent with our Beginners Group and was always very involved with Standalone, making a big contribution as a zone leader. You always knew you could rely on him.
A real loss.
I am truly shocked and saddened at this news. Mark's attitude was an inspiration to anyone in his presence. He trained very hard and was obviously totally committed but also understood those of us who run for fun and don't aspire to brilliance.
I will never forget spotting him marshalling a cycle race on the A1 just a couple of days after tripping at training and breaking ribs. This was within a few days of Frammy tripping at training and headbutting a kerb. I think NHRR had their own cubicle in A&E that week. Totally typical of Mark's attitude that, unable to compete himself, he volunteered to marshall instead.
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
We're so shocked & saddened to hear about Mark's passing. He was so friendly & supportive - just the sort of person who makes NHRR what it is. Always interested in what you were doing & great for moral support during races! He's been a constant in our many years at the club & will be sadly missed.
Nicky & Steve T
Sad news indeed. My thoughts with his family.
Today we feel so incredibly sad to hear that Mark has passed away. The most energetic determined man and always with a smile on his face. He lived life to the full and never let anything like an injury get in the way. We will miss him and our thoughts are with his family. We have been cycling in the beautiful Scottish islands today and thought of Mark the whole way, he would have loved this. X
Mark Young - the man who introduced me to triathlon and helped me through years of Ironman training. He truly was an inspirational man, a fine athlete and the best training partner.
His sporting accomplishments should never be underestimated, just incredible.
Feeling very very sad.
Such sad news. Mark was the tail runner at my very first FSOTM at the end of my beginners course and so was therefore my escort.
He was so supportive and encouraging and kept me going. It was a privilege to have known him and to have run with such a positive and good hearted person.
Sorry to hear about this. I remember Mark organising us marshalling on the bypass at Standalone a few years ago. Thoughts with his family
A really good friend who recently came out to ride with me in Oman. Truly shocking and somewhat still unbelievable, Will be sorely missed
I am shocked. It does not seem that long ago that I was talking to Mark at some Bedford Harrier training sessions he attended. We spent some of that time, (as you do when you get to a certain age), talking about our plans for retirement. Makes it even harder to read this. A good man.
Very sad news and my condolences to the members of Mark's family. A true gentleman who will be greatly missed.
I was totally shocked & saddened and in total disbelief when Suzy told me this news on Thursday. Ryan Johnson confirmed for me & told of this thread. Marks funeral is August 17th in Baldock. I'll update when I know where.
"Better to have known and said goodbye than not to have known at all"
Just found out about this ,this morning from ex runner Russell smythe in letchworth town centre totally stunned by this news known mark for a very long time always had time for you had some really good races with mark wether it was on the road or cross country will be sorely missed condolences to his family rip mate please let me know if anyone will be going to his funeral
Was totally shocked by the news . A wonderful man who had time for everyone . Have many great memories of Mark at races and training nights
My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Dan Young posted this on our NHRR facebook page:
RE MARK YOUNG
Firstly, please can I say as a family we are extremely moved by all the wonderful messages that have been posted on the forum.
As a family we wish to extend our invitation to Mark's funeral which will be held on Friday 17th August 2018 at 2pm at St Mary's Church Baldock.
There will be no dress code so feel free to wear any team colours or club vests.
There will be a private family burial.
A post mortem revealed he passed from undiagnosed Coronary Heart Disease.
No flowers - should you wish, donations payable to British Heart Foundation.
Mel, Tom & Dan.
Mark Y will be sorely missed a great Althlete who achieved a lot! and a great friend. I and Ryan will always remember both running the MK First Marathon flooded and rain drenched. Mark was on bike along the course encouraging us. Ryan was so cold when he finished Mark Y changed him into dry clothes- well that is a true friend indeed ! I remember another time he was injured for weeks before London, physic told him no way will you be doing it! so determined he got a treadmill in the lounge initially just walking then running - yes he finished London ! thanks for inspiring us on. Mark Y you will be sorely missed X
Sorry to hear the news of the loss of Mark. Our thoughts are with the family.
Marks funeral will take place at 2pm on Friday 17th August at St Marys church in Baldock. There will then be a private family comital.
Please no flowers, but if you wish then donations to the British Heart Foundation would be an appropriate tribute to Mark.
There will be no formal dress code, so if you want to represent the club then please do, it is what we as a family feel he would like.
Lastly, thank you for all the kind messages, posts and memories of Mark ..... he touched so many lives, in so many aspects of his, let’s give him an awesome send off
Sarah (Marks sister)