Barry Wallman: 1938-2016

Barry Wallman: 1938-2016

England Athletics was saddend to hear news that Barry Wallman has passed away. Barry was a great servant of the sport for his club, county and at national level. He was a good friend to many people within athletics and his contribution to the sport will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

Barry's funeral will take place on Thursday, 16 June at 12 noon at Linton Parish Church and the burial at Little Abington church cemetery.

The English Cross Country Association and Barry's club, Cambridge and Coleridge AC, have both provided tributes which highlight not only the significant contributions Barry made to athletics but also the way his friendly and cheerful personality were valued by many people.

Pictured, Barry, centre, at a function at Cambridge & Coleridge AC.

English Cross Country Association

The English Cross Country Association is sad to have received the news that Barry Wallman has passed away.

Barry had been the Honorary Secretary of the ECCU from 1976 to 1988 and then President in 1990/1991. During his involvement with Athletics, Barry was proud to be from Cambridge and lived in the County. He was a member of Cambridge and Coleridge AC throughout, having started in athletics at School. After representing Cambridgeshire and the Eastern Counties both on the track and in cross country events he took to Administration in 1962 when he became Cambs AAA Cross Country Hon Sec. Barry then took on a whole host of positions for his County, the East and the South before getting involved with the ECCU.

As well as being Hon Sec of the ECCU he was the Union’s Team Manager in 1977-78 and went to the World Cross Championships with the England Team on a number of occasions. He went on to be part of the organising team that staged the World Cross Country Championships at Gateshead in 1983 when he was appointed the Honorary Secretary to the event. Throughout his life Barry was very proud to be part of the Eastern Counties Committees and organised many a National when they were held at Luton. Throughout Barry’s involvement in athletics he was supported by his wife Pat who shared his love of the sport and attended many events.

Outside of Athletics, Barry was very involved in Scouting and was a District Commissioner while also singing in the Church Choir. Barry continued to officiate at both the National Relays and the main Championships and his cheerful personality will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Ian Byett 
ECCA Hon Sec

Cambridge & Coleridge

Barry held many posts at Cambridge & Coleridge, including club President which he only relinquished quite recently, plus senior positions in the County Association and the Eastern AA.

He was ever-present as an official or referee at track, road and cross country events and he leaves an enormous hole to fill.  As an athlete in his prime he was a talented race walker.

He will be remembered for all that he did but primarily for his warmth, integrity, concern for others and gentle sense of humour.  Barry was much loved.  He had a genuine interest in all members of the club. We are privileged to have known him and to count him as our friend.

Neil Costello
Cambridge & Coleridge AC


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