Everyone at Greenock Glenpark Harriers was deeply saddened last week to learn of the passing of Tommy Knight. A member of the club for almost 60 years, 7 of which served as president, Tommy will be sorely missed in and around the club. He passed away on Thursday 19th October 2017.
In July 1960, Auchmountain Harriers was winding down and several of the members decided to join Greenock Glenpark Harriers. That included Tommy Knight, Jim Sheridan and Dick Hodelet. In his early days in the Club Tommy was involved in track (running in Highland games), road and cross country. Dick has kindly helped recollect some memories of Tommy.
Dick Hodelet recollects “As time went on I would say his favourite distance was the marathon. I always tried to talk him out of that as I felt it was taking too much out of him but he just loved it.”
Tommy was on the club committee from his early days, eventually progressing to club President for 7 years. Tommy would be the first to tell you that he was never going to win the Club Championship, but that did not matter in the slightest to him as he just loved running. Over the course of the years, Tommy won each of the club’s handicap races, and these meant everything to him.
“Obviously Jim and I were his best friends but he made friends with everyone. He just loved to run and even latterly as his health deteriorated he would try and get out even if he had to end up walking. I never knew him to wear tracksters even on the coldest winters day! And I never heard him swear! Latterly he loved 10ks and we had some great races in the Bill Elder.”
In recent months, Tommy’s health was deteriorating. However, this did not stop him from getting out and helping the club. Just 5 weeks ago, Tommy was positioned at the start of the Esplanade directing runners towards the finish of the club’s JG Cameron 4k race. He was there with a smile on his face and passing out advice in the clubhouse before and after the race.
Tommy’s funeral takes place on Wednesday 1st November at 11am in Greenock Crematorium. His family have asked for no flowers and donations can be made to Marie Curie.
We’ll leave the final word with Dick: “We ran together since we were 13, same school, BB and GGH. Went to discos and chased girls! If anyone was Mr Glenpark it was Tommy!”
More information on Auchmountain Harriers, with references to Tommy can be found here: http://www.anentscottishrunning.com/auchmountain-harriers/
Donations to Marie Curie can be made here: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/donate