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We are very sad indeed to hear that Roger Norris has died. Roger was a founding member of Almosts and served as Treasurer and committee member for several years.

A well-respected and reliable builder by trade, Roger was also a keen member of the Hash House Harriers local community and in fact was due to set the trail for a hash this Thursday (19th Sept) at the Star Inn, Elmley Rd, Ashton-under-Hill.

Almost member Martin Clifford, a long-standing friend and fellow Hash Harrier has said that if anyone would like to come along and join them to raise a drink to him tomorrow night at 1900 they will be very welcome. (There will be a run as well.)

Roger was well-known by many of us who run on Cleeve Hill as he was often out walking there with his spaniel Molly, and he always had time for a warm handshake and a friendly chat. Typical comments from those who knew him are that Roger was a ‘top bloke’, ‘talented and honest ’ and ‘always ready to help in a crisis’. Others mention his sense of humour and that he was excellent company.

He is a huge loss to the running community, but above all to his wife Jenny and the boys John and Mark, and to them we extend our sincere and deepest sympathy on their loss.

The photo below shows Roger (on the right of the photo), along with fellow founder members Ray Barlow, Gerry Simpkins and Rick Simpkins on the club’s 30th anniversary.

Roger Norris with fellow founder members


Welcome to Almost Athletes
Cheltenham's largest running club

We pride ourselves on being the kind of club that can help and encourage you to get the most out of your running - whether your interest is running for fun, getting fit, or training for anything from a 5K race to a marathon or even an ultra. We can help you achieve your aims.

Anyone is welcome to come along to our training sessions and run, regardless of age or ability - we have groups for everyone so you don't have to run alone and you won't get left behind.

We organise evening runs and weekend runs - both on and off road - and training sessions. Come along on a Wednesday night and see for yourself!

Almost Athletes has been running since 1988, welcoming runners of all abilities and providing not only guided training runs but also a lively social calendar. With a current membership in excess of 400, Almost Athletes really is Cheltenham's biggest and friendliest running club!