Author Topic: John Radford  (Read 45907 times)

Re: John Radford
« Reply #275 on: November 15, 2014, 08:32:25 am »
A very useful document Rich, thanks.
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Re: John Radford
« Reply #276 on: November 18, 2014, 09:20:14 pm »
Due to a work commitment that was in the diary long before John's passing and which has been impossible to re-arrange ,I won't be able to make it to John's funeral tomorrow.
This makes me really sad as I wanted to say goodbye to the big fella just one last time.
I will be with you in spirit and will be thinking of JR, his family and all his friends .
Sing your hearts out as it is just what John would have wanted .
 I hope everything goes smoothly and that the turnout befits  a fine  AUK,   PBP ancien  and WYDA stalwart.
Goodbye John, I won't forget you.

Re: John Radford
« Reply #277 on: November 19, 2014, 05:05:49 pm »
This is acopy of a post I've put on the Auk Forum:-

Well, it's done.  On a perfect cycling day, John rode into a glorious sunset.  The church was packed to overflowing with civvies and cycling jerseys alike.  The hymns and eulogies were perfectly chosen and delivered and the respect for The Big Man was palpable.  There was also a lot of laughter at the wake, which I'm sure John would have wanted.  He would have been staggered by the turnout.  All in all, a very humbling, sad but uplifting experience.

Ride on, John.

Peter

Eta:  Amongst the mourners was this man:-

https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fc2.staticflickr.com%2F4%2F3779%2F9422336430_ce4743f97b_z.jpg&f=1

Re: John Radford
« Reply #278 on: November 19, 2014, 07:05:11 pm »
Well I barely made it in time and at first sight I thought that I, and others, wouldn't have been able to squeeze into the church - it was that packed. But squeeze in we did and so were privileged to witness a wonderful tribute to a proper chap.

The service was both moving and funny, as it should have been, and had tributes from fellow riders and recollections from John's wife. And hearing the vicar doing her very best to pronounce "Carradice" was nice.

I wasn't able to attend the wake afterwards but seeing the steady stream of riders going by, as I walked back to my car, reminded me of the start of many an Audax. And I thought it made a very appropriate picture.

By the way, the church at Helme is simply gorgeous - I recommend anyone travelling or riding nearby to detour to see it.

Rest in peace John.
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Re: John Radford
« Reply #279 on: November 19, 2014, 09:56:40 pm »
It was a fitting send-off I think - a celebration of a life so needlessly truncated.

My face leaked quite a lot. I don't think I was alone.

Dr's Orders meant we thought it best I didn't ride from Marsden to Meltham - as there were mountains was a hill in the way, and I foolishly brought an inadequately geared bike.

Re: John Radford
« Reply #280 on: November 20, 2014, 01:30:32 am »
I didn't want to intrude on the very moving ceremony, but I did film a few more public scenes to give an impression of the event to those who wanted to attend, but weren't able to.

http://youtu.be/IqENT0MIoOA

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #281 on: November 20, 2014, 09:25:36 am »
Good stuff, Damon. Perfectly pitched.
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Re: John Radford
« Reply #282 on: November 20, 2014, 09:34:15 am »
Thanks, Damon.   Would have like to make the trip but day-to-day life gets in the way.

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #283 on: November 20, 2014, 11:16:52 am »
Thanks Damon!
Perfect.

Re: John Radford
« Reply #284 on: November 20, 2014, 12:04:35 pm »

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #285 on: November 20, 2014, 01:42:02 pm »


Yes, we were making jokes at the time.
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Re: John Radford
« Reply #286 on: November 20, 2014, 01:45:45 pm »
John finished PBP 2011 in 89hrs 51minutes, i.e. with 9 minutes to spare. He'd lost his wallet, and then suffered various delays to be reunited with it. In the meantime he'd been loaned 50 Euros, and given free food by the organisation.

When we met him at the end his concern was to pay back the loan forthwith, as he anticipated problems with the chitty he'd been given. The finish line official was at a loss to know how to deal with it, so Heather just took John to see Jean-Gualbert Faburel, who we'd interviewed at the presentation, and the issue was resolved.

There's a club to celebrate taking longer than 88hours 55minutes, which commemorates a US rider called Adrian Hands. I think it's appropriate that John's name should be on the list, and so does John Ende. It's a shame we'll never see John in the shirt. That would have been quite a sight.

http://adrianhandssociety.com/Society_Members.html

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #287 on: November 20, 2014, 04:09:11 pm »
I’ve decided I’m not old. I’m 25 .....plus shipping and handling.

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #289 on: November 20, 2014, 04:36:20 pm »
John finished PBP 2011 in 89hrs 51minutes, i.e. with 9 minutes to spare.

There's a club to celebrate taking longer than 88hours 55minutes, which commemorates a US rider called Adrian Hands. I think it's appropriate that John's name should be on the list, and so does John Ende. It's a shame we'll never see John in the shirt. That would have been quite a sight.

http://adrianhandssociety.com/Society_Members.html

Been thinking a lot of John in recent days and reflecting on wheel time in his company. Not easy to make it to Yorks but reassured he had a strong farewell. I may sit alongside John in the Adrian Hands Society, as I have just applied for Membership, in recognising my 11minute saving from the 'Cut' in 2011.
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Re: John Radford
« Reply #290 on: November 20, 2014, 04:41:18 pm »
I didn't want to intrude on the very moving ceremony, but I did film a few more public scenes to give an impression of the event to those who wanted to attend, but weren't able to.

http://youtu.be/IqENT0MIoOA

Perfect Tribute. Thanks Damion
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Re: John Radford
« Reply #291 on: November 20, 2014, 05:30:21 pm »
I didn't want to intrude on the very moving ceremony, but I did film a few more public scenes to give an impression of the event to those who wanted to attend, but weren't able to. http://youtu.be/IqENT0MIoOA

Excellent, thanks, RIP John

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #293 on: November 20, 2014, 05:57:21 pm »
I didn't want to intrude on the very moving ceremony, but I did film a few more public scenes to give an impression of the event to those who wanted to attend, but weren't able to.

http://youtu.be/IqENT0MIoOA

Genuinely good.
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Re: John Radford
« Reply #294 on: November 20, 2014, 06:47:23 pm »
Lovely Damon, thank you

Re: John Radford
« Reply #295 on: November 20, 2014, 06:57:07 pm »
I didn't want to intrude on the very moving ceremony, but I did film a few more public scenes to give an impression of the event to those who wanted to attend, but weren't able to.

http://youtu.be/IqENT0MIoOA

I have to admit, I was a bit nervous when it became clear you had a camera with you (that wasn't anything to do with us forgetting it was in the car, BTW!).

However, it doesn't come as any surprise that, given it was an important event to document, not to mention emotionally tricky -  you handled it with a professionally sensitive approach. Thank you.

Re: John Radford
« Reply #296 on: November 24, 2014, 06:53:05 pm »
The sentencing of Michael Gledhill convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving to John Radford has been deferred, probably to mid January

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #297 on: January 09, 2015, 05:24:14 pm »
From Road CC: Man charged with causing death of Huddersfield CTC chairman John Radford

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #298 on: January 09, 2015, 05:28:22 pm »
Thanks for the update Fungus.

What happens if Gledhill found innocent in this new trial I wonder...?
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Re: John Radford
« Reply #299 on: January 09, 2015, 06:45:48 pm »
I don't know but I would hope the previous conviction would still stand.