Sadly on the back of the death of Welsh Athletics icon John Collins, Welsh Masters has lost another stalwart with the death of John Llewellyn, Birmingham Running, Athletics and Triathlon Club (BRAT) in the early hours of Friday 9th June 2017 after a short illness. John was 71 years old.
John represented Welsh Masters on a number of occasions with distinction in the annual British International Cross Country Championships. John’s elegant style, hid a determined character and tough competitor and he excelled over the country. John had his best moment in the Masters Cross Country International in Falkirk in 2001 when he picked up an individual bronze medal in the M55 category, just four seconds behind his great mate and running adversary Dic Evans (Cardiff). Together they helped Wales to silver team medals along with other stalwarts Arthur Egan (Wrexham) and Dickie Bowen (Neath).
John also enjoyed racing when he went on holiday with his wife Anne and enjoyed some success racing in France and America. John was a passionate Welshman who thrived on wearing the red vest of Wales and was even prouder when he captained the Welsh Masters Cross Country team on a number of occasions. His great friend and colleague, Dic Evans said “John was a great runner and competitor and I will miss him greatly. We had lots of fun and laughter when we shared a room at the many Internationals but he was a true gentleman and a proud, determined Welshman.