It was with sadness that we learned of the death of our fellow club member Adrian Tucker who passed away suddenly on Friday afternoon. Adrian had long been a member of Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. He was a very successful cross-country, road and marathon runner but his strength and passion lay in mountain running and ultra-trail running.

Adrian was also a well-respected member of IMRA and had worked hard on the committee over the past year. He had established two new races on the IMRA calendar and was working ardently to progress the world of ultra-running in Ireland. He was one of the few to have successfully completed the Wicklow Round; a race which involves navigating the summits of 26 peaks in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains in less than 24hours. He also competed internationally with another great result in 2013 in the Tor de GĂ©ants; a 330km trail race with over 24,000m of climbing which is completed in less than 150hours. Modesty belied all of these achievements.

Adrian was a great friend to many and he was always willing to share his knowledge, experience and love of the hills. He was hard-working, gentle and genuine. He will be sadly missed in our running world and fondly remembered forever.

We offer the most sincere condolences to his family and friends, most especially his wife Catherine, son James and daughter Gillian.

May he rest in peace.

Eilis Connery