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Tribute to Richard Wyer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 19:21

It was very sad news to all the members of Carmarthen and District Harriers Athletics Club to hear of the death of Richard Wyer, our long-standing throws and jumps coach, at the age of eighty.

 

I first met Richard in 1960 when we were a member of an athletics supporters group travelling by train to the Rome Olympics in 1960. It was a long slow journey and in Rome we stayed in a Catholic Convent in Via Merulano.

Every morning over a breakfast of thick brown coffee and hard rolls Richard would at length analyse the results of the previous day’s competition and then would discuss the programme of events that day.

He was a keen athletics enthusiast and statistician. Last week after training on Tuesday night at the Carmarthen Athletics Track we chatted in great depth about the glory days in UK athletics twenty and thirty years ago.

Richard was a Pembrokeshire man through and through.

However, he became a PE teacher and spent most of his teaching career in the London area where he coached many school athletes and teams to gain considerable success in the English schools’ athletics and cross country championships.

He also in his spare time coached at club level in the evenings and helped a number of athletes gain GB vests.

In 1999 he returned to Wales to live in Boncath Pembrokeshire. His love of athletics was as strong as ever and he travelled sixty miles twice a week to coach Carmarthen Harriers athletes at the Carmarthen Athletics Track.

Initially he coached the long and triple jump and then moved on to coach the shot and discus events.

Over the years he has coached many athletes at Carmarthen to win Welsh and UK indoor championships and represent Wales at international events.

Matthew Evans, Owen Jones, Rheon James and Awen Rosser and many others will remember the time and effort Richard put in as a coach

Richard was not a public figure. He was awarded many awards for his coaching success and it was with great reluctance that he would accept these well deserved honours.

He had a passion for athletics and all sports. He was also very interested in local history. He travelled very many miles trying to trace the burial site of King Arthur and many other Welsh celebrities.

A great coach, a fine friend and for many years a pillar of strength to all the members of Carmarthen Harriers

Hedydd Davies

Chairman Carmarthen Harriers

 

The funeral is at 3.15pm on Monday 21 November 2016 at Narberth Crematorium