Alan Barlow: 1946-2023

England Athletics is saddened to learn of the death of Alan Barlow who played a huge role in the set up and administration of the AAA s charity as both chairman and treasurer. He was Chair of the AAA’s charity and involved with the Dave Cropper Awards given over the last few years at the England Athletics Hall of Fame.

Val Harkins, Chair of the Charity - England Athletics for the Young - told us,

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Alan. He was a wonderful man and lucky to have the support of his family and lovely wife Caroline to support all his sporting ventures and activities. Alan was an inspirational figure on how to run our charity in the best interests of the young athletes we supported. We respected Alan for who he was; straight talking, no nonsense and wanting what was best to ensure he left a legacy.  He has left us a clear pathway so that our charity can continue to flourish and support many more young athletes on their lifelong sporting journey."

We publish below an obituary written by former England Athletics Non-Executive Director, and former chair of the runbritain Road Running Management Group, Nigel Rowe MBE, who was a long-time colleague and friend of Alan's.

Alan sadly passed away on 24th August after a long illness however, I have been informed that his death was pain free and quick.

For the past 15 years, I had the privilege of knowing and working with Alan through UKA, England Athletics and CAMUR.

His contribution firstly to Fell Running was enormous, both as a competitor and on the administration side. Under his direction and leadership, the sport was made a much safer and more enjoyable experience for all.

Alan was also a Race Referee and Event Adjudicator in the Northwest, with responsibilities for issuing road race licences.

 I worked with Alan on the formation of Commonwealth Association of Mountain and Ultra Distance Running (now dissolved). The formation of CAMUR was to try and get both sports into the Commonwealth Games, sadly this never materialised. Alan was the Treasurer and was instrumental in ensuring that when the association dissolved any residue funds went to assist young athletes.

The first CAMUR Championships were held in 2009, in Keswick. We worked together being responsible for opening, closing and medal ceremonies, as well as contributing to the overall event delivery.  The event was a great success - with Alan contributing in minute detail to ensure of the event's success. The next championship followed in 2011 held in Llandudno, Llanberis and Newborough Forest. 

Alan loved running and still contributed as an official up until recently. It can’t be emphasised enough the enormous contribution and dedication he made to the sport not only for his own enjoyment but for that of others. His passion, knowledge, wisdom, and love for the sport will have a lasting legacy.

Alan, thank you and rest in peace.

Photo by Nicola Evans


Alan's funeral will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 19th September at The Rowan Chapel, Stockport Crematorium SK2 6LS