Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Late Bertie Messitt

The death has taken place of Irish Olympian Bertie Messitt after a long battle with a neurologial disease. 
Born in 1930 in Bray, Co Wicklow, Messitt ran for Ireland in the marathon at the Rome Olympic Games of 1960.
He also competed in the European Championships of 1958 and 1962 and held 16 national athletics records, in distances ranging from 3,000 metres to the marathon, in a long and distinguished career.
Messitt contributed hugely to the sport he loved. He was one of the founding members of the Donnybrook Athletic Club based in Donnybrook bus depot, where he worked, and of the Business Houses Athletics Association. From that came the Dublin Marathon.
The life of Messitt, a true gentleman of sport, is chronicled in a biography called 'From Boghall to Bethlehem and Beyond'.
* Nice tribute to Bertie by Niall Mathews of RTE at www.bhaa.ie. 

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