The Eastern Cycling Club is saddened to hear that John Neil has succumbed to a serious head injury sustained while cycling in Europe. John had been a member of Eastern Cycling Club for only a couple of years but has thrown himself into both the sport and the club with enthusiasm and energy, rising from e-grade less than a year ago to podium placings in an increasingly stronger c-grade recently. John also became active behind the scenes taking on the editorialship of the weekly club newsletter, providing fresh ideas and managing to solicit reports where previous editors have struggled.
John was also a member of the Malvern Harriers athletics club for around 20 years, highlights of his time there included being part of the Malvern Harriers over 50 AV Championship teams of 2005 and 2006, and successfully drafting and validating an up to date constitution to take the club into the future.
After winning heath battles with heart and cancer in recent years, John was on top of the world, with a recently arrived new grandson, embarking on a fantastic European cycling tour, riding better than ever in his life, on a new bike which he told me last week “best purchase I’ve ever made”.
The club extends its sympathy to all affected by this tragedy
John’s daughter – Jessica, was keen for some images of John from his last days be made available so he can be remembered as doing what he loved.