Farewell Paul

PUBLISHED: 11:06 23 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 06 May 2010

Mourners gather

Mourners gather

FAMILY, friends and running colleagues of Paul Pearce gathered for the funeral of Letchworth Garden City s top sporting son on Tuesday morning. The Service of Celebration for the 43-year-old, who was critically injured while out running on the A507 Stotfo

Floral tributes

FAMILY, friends and running colleagues of Paul Pearce gathered for the funeral of Letchworth Garden City's top sporting son on Tuesday morning.

The Service of Celebration for the 43-year-old, who was critically injured while out running on the A507 Stotfold bypass on February 9, was at St George's Church and attracted hundreds of mourners.

Tributes were led by fellow Great Britain Paralympian Noel Thatcher, along with Paul's North Herts Road Runners club coach Karen Dodsworth and Neil Miller, Dave Gentle, Tony Wickham and Michael Kelly.

Members of the North Herts club wore their club vests for the service, which also attracted representatives from other local running clubs.

Paul Pearce

Paul left a partner, Helena Kelly, and two sons, 17-year-old Michael and Luke, 12, from a previous marriage.

Despite his disability, he also continued to clean windows around the Biggleswade area.

The partially sighted marathon runner won the world championships in Athens in 2003 in his category and was sixth in the Paralympics in the same city a year later.

He produced a lifetime marathon personal best in October (2-34:34) and also led the Road Runners to the Midweek League Division Two title, claiming the individual title for himself.

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