Eric Appleby: a true gentleman

On behalf of everyone at Tyne Bridge Harriers, our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and running colleagues of Eric Appleby, who sadly passed away on Monday, 7th March 2016.


Eric was a remarkable man, always smiling and willing to chat about running, and will be sorely missed by all those who had the good fortune to come into contact with him.


God Bless.

Eric and some of his friends from Newcastle parkrun.

Eric and some of his friends from Newcastle parkrun.

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    • Big Ron on 8th March 2016 at 12:58
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    I have had the great pleasure of knowing Eric for about 30 years and, for once, the term “a squire and a gentleman” fits the person to a T. Well known for his running exploits, achieving times in his 50s, 60s and 70s that most of us can only dream about. Many people will remember Eric doing the pudding run at Whitley Bay and then finishing by having a Boxing Day dip in the North Sea.

    If not running, then he was often seen going about on a selection of cycles and turned up at many races using this mode of transport, running the race, then cycling back home to Howdon.

    He was also a member of many reading circles and I had many pleasant conversations with him discussing books. He was also a talented painter.

    I never heard him speak ill of anyone, always seeing the good above and beyond anything else.

    A lovely man who will be sadly missed in UK, never mind NE running circles.

    RIP Eric, it was a pleasure to have known you.

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