My Dad, Fred Norwood, joined Corstorphine Athletics Club with me in January 1987, just after my 9th birthday. He would admit that he was never an outstanding runner himself, either in his prime for Queens University (Fred is the dashing young man third from the right in the second row) or for CAAC in his 50s, although he did often make 6th counter for the east district cross country team in those days. He did however understand the importance of taking part in sport and within a couple of years he had started coaching and played an emphatic role in coaching juniors for more than 10 years. He was passionate about making athletics open to kids of all backgrounds and abilities. This led him to take a leading role in a new grassroots community athletics programme called StarTrack which aimed to make athletics more attractive to kids and focused on making it fun. StarTrack evolved into an indoor version, Sportshall athletics, which continues today.
Sadly my Dad died last weekend after undergoing a second attack of lymphoma cancer. I know there are still many in the club who knew my Dad as a friend or perhaps as their coach, and others who can’t even remember the nineties. Either way please join me in remembering him this week, as an indispensible part of the club for more than a decade, as the club record keeper, as a champion of athletics in Edinburgh, or even for his characteristic moustache. The love of athletics that my Dad and I shared along with the successes and disappointments that go with that will always remain as one of the most special memories for me. Go and make some memories.
His funeral will be on Thursday 13th February. There will be a short burial service at 14.15 at Corstorphine Hill Cemetery followed by a service at 15.00 at St Thomas’ church and some refreshments. Anyone who wishes to come to these would be very welcome.