It is with great sadness that Bury AC announces the death of long-standing club member Martin Farnworth.

Martin joined Bury AC in the very early 1970s and was a determined competitor over track and field, roads, cross country and the fells. When his days as a competitor were drawing to an end Martin continued to support the club as a committee member, a race organiser, press officer, groundsman, archivist and timekeeper. A true friend to the club.

Martin has recently fought bravely against cancer but suffered a stroke last week. He passed away at home last Saturday with family members around him, he was only 67. He is survived by his wife Cath and their children. He will be greatly missed by all at Bury AC. Club vice-chairman, Roger Morley, a life-long friend of Martin said:

“We at Bury AC and I have lost a true and loyal friend.

I met Martin through Bury AC in the early 1970s and we were A&B teammates in the High jump at Bury’s first ever Northern League in May 1974 at Rossendale . We quickly became both high jump and 110m hurdle colleagues through the 70s & 80s. Together we experienced many great days travelling with Bury AC round all corners of the North and enjoying the team punching above its status. Similar emotions good and otherwise were shared supporting Bury FC.

Martin continued to support the club in a host of various positions after he hung his spikes up. His last outing when he was clearly not 100% was time keeping at a Cheshire League in Ellesmere Port as recently as 4th September 2022.

Life at Bury AC will not be quite the same for me going forward but full of many happy memories and our own little battles won. Thanks Martin.”