Cambridge parkrun #491 – John Johnson

Many of our regular runners will know John and Wendy - if not personally, then certainly by sight. Both of them always cheerful and it was always a pleasure to see them. Sadly John passed away last week - here is the text of Chris's speech from Saturday morning.

"I usually love greeting you all on Saturday mornings with vigour however, this time I am not. it is with great sadness to report the passing away of regular Cambridge parkrunner John Johnson who sadly passed away last Thursday morning.

John completed precisely 100 parkruns, 80 of which were here at Milton Country Park. John completed his first parkrun on the 19th December 2015 and reached his 100 milestone on the 10th November 2018, although this was no mean feat with more fences than the Grand National. John was also a popular figure in the local community for his role as a football referee.
John demonstrated undoubted levels of courage and determination to reach the 100 milestone, none more so than his 99th and 100th parkrun which required the highest levels of fortitude. John had been long suffering from prostate cancer and despite this unforeseen mountain on the course John battled onto the finish line.

During John’s treatment when not running he was a regular face cheering on runners and volunteering to ensure that everyone had a jubilant start to the weekend. Volunteering on 30 different occasions in true John style, he would undoubtedly always ask how you were without a mention of his own difficulties which is a credit to the man himself. I am sure each and every one of you will have your own fond memories which you can look back on, recognising the true spirit of parkrun, none more so than one his 100th parkrun where an army of supporters backed John to his milestone.

On behalf of all the Cambridge parkrun family we would like to thank everyone for their support to John during this challenging journey, the Arthur Rank Hospice who helped support John’s final days and John himself for the infinite memories. Today we are wearing white for his love for Tottenham, milestone tee shirts for his desire to reach the milestone next ahead despite adversity. Our thoughts are with Wendy and son Matt."