Mick Barnbrook, aged 80, passed away peacefully on Wednesday 14th February 2024.

Mick was born in Romford’s Oldchurch Hospital and brought up in Plaistow.

His active athletics career spanned 49 years, during which he race walked in first claim capacity for Cambridge Harriers, Ilford AC, Sarnia WC, then Ilford AC again as well as The Centurions, Metropolitan Police and the British Police Representative teams.  He also had a 6 years’ unattached spell after leaving Cambridge Harriers and joining Ilford AC.

Mick was one of 6 race walkers (all Centurions) to pass 100 completions of the London Post Office 9 kilometres yacht handicap races at Blackheath Park.

Mick qualified as Centurion 661 at the 1979 Ewhurst 100 Miles in 21 hours, 59 minutes 05 seconds.  He achieved another sub-24 hour 100 miles at The John Hedgethorne Memorial 100 Miles at Colchester’s Lower Castle Park in 2001.

Mick was a regular walker in the 19 mile Guernsey Church to Church Race