Harriers mourn Adrian

Morpeth Harriers recently lost a long-serving life member with the death of much-loved coach Adrian Barnes.

Friday, 2nd October 2020, 12:51 pm
Morpeth Harriers are mourning the loss of coach Adrian Barnes.

A world-class orienteer, Adrian joined the club in 1975 and was soon encouraging youngsters to try the sport.

While only a runner of moderate ability, he was however a fine navigator, and was able to pass on his knowledge and experience to younger runners - something realised by the authorities when he was appointed coach to the British Junior team.

He was also very active in coaching youngsters at Morpeth Harriers, and was taking training groups onto the roads around the town as recently as 2019.

He continued also to compete at a high level both nationally and abroad as a veteran orienteer, travelling to an event in Porto as recently as last year.

A prolific organiser of orienteering events in the North East (which would include also at one point the National Championships), his enthusiasm resulted in many Harriers carrying out official tasks in parts of the Northumberland countryside.

Technically, he was one of the leading orienteering course planners and mappers, an essential requirement for competitions.

In recent years he played a big part in organising an annual orienteering event for schoolchildren in the grounds of Wallington Hall, a promotion sadly now ended.

He could always be relied upon to play his part in organising other club events, whether track and field league fixtures, road races or cross country meetings.

He was a star in his own branch of the sport, a reliable organiser, an encourager of young people, and a thoroughly nice man.

All at Morpeth Harriers owe a lot to him and will miss him greatly.