Long standing members will be saddened to hear of the death of Terry Lyons who died in America at the end of December. Terry joined the club in his late 40s during the 1990s. He became a member through Roger Maxwell, whose name will be familiar to many, and with whom he had worked. He competed for us on the road, including in the 1991 marathon, but left us for Aldershot, where he hoped for richer pickings in their v50 teams. Those ambitions never worked out and he remained an occasional, welcome and cheerful face in the locality.
Terry took early retirement from Lewisham council, and for the last decade or more lived the very agreeable lifestyle of 6 months plus one day in the UK in our summer (which he hated) and the rest of the year with his cousin in California, which he enjoyed immeasurably. Although he hadn’t run for quite a few years he was a very keen cyclist, especially in the States. I went out with him for rides here and he was a fearless descender.
Inevitably I bumped into him from time to time and he was always eager to catch up with news and gossip from the club. I last saw him when he was his usual cheerful, gentle self in the late summer when he was, as ever, impatient to head back west.
He had had heart problems, and he died peacefully in his sleep from a heart attack. He had no very close family, but his cousin Con Griffin is a long established member of Blackheath.