Norman Wilson ex IAU Vice President and Director has died.
Norman Wilson passed away on June 4th, 2021 after a short illness in hospital.
Norman was a former IAU Vice President (2008-2012), IAU Director (2012-2016) and had chaired IAU Committees in the areas of Statistics (2008-2012) and Records (2008-2016). Prior to that, he was European Area Representative (2004-2008) on the IAU Executive Council. In 2018 he was recognized and awarded the international careers award from the IAU at the IAU Congress in Sveti Martin na Muri in Croatia.
Previously he had been a successful runner as well. He was a former winner of the Berlin marathon and held a personal best time of 2:13:17 set back in 1981 at the Boston marathon. In the UK he had played a vital part in later years for ultrarunning as a coach, race organizer and as part of the GBR ultradistance management.
He will be remembered also for his interest in the global sport and the various cultural traditions he encountered in the sport. We will miss you Norman as you were part of ultrarunning family for many years.
I had known Norman for almost 13 years. We became good friends when I first got elected on Council. I was always drawn by his passion for the sport and his top notch organizational skills. I am forever grateful to Norman for introducing me to the Commonwealth Ultra and Mountain Running Championships. His smile, words of advise and forever presence on the international ultrarunning scene will be sorely missed. On behalf of the IAU, I extend my deepest condolences to Anne and family on the passing away of our exceptional friend. RIP Norman, my friend!
Nadeem Khan, IAU President
I have enjoyed working with Norman both in the UK and for the IAU and we have spent many a time together officiating at both national and international events. He was tireless in wanting the best for his athletes and the sport and we benefited from his enthusiasm to provide racing opportunities and also to record and recognize performances with his work on records and statistics. He was also instrumental in setting up both the successful Commonwealth Ultradistance and mountain running championships that have been held. We will sorely miss him.
Hilary Walker, IAU General Secretary
On behalf of the IAU our thoughts are with Norman Wilson´s family and the Great Britain and Northern Ireland ultrarunning family during these very difficult times.
June 6th 2021