So, next Sunday (October 19th) sees MPSC’s annual ‘Richard Lightwood Memorial Trophy’ …. 3 pursuit races, 1 Trophy, 1Winner.
However, there will be some amongst us wondering why we hold this very special event.
Mention the name ‘Richard Lightwood’ amongst some of the long-standing members of Manor Park and you’d better strap yourself in for a while as you’re regaled with tale upon tale of Richard’s adventures, derring-do, extreme sporting prowess and all round good egg-ness.
A much-loved man who has been much missed since his untimely and very tragic passing.
I didn’t know Richard myself, I’ve gathered my knowledge through simple chats with people around the club – and his name simply keeps cropping up. Usually followed by a huge smile, an incredulous shake of the head…and a long wistful silence.
Richard was one of twins, his brother, Andrew had died some years earlier ( at the age of 12) whilst playing cricket for Kings Bromley. He collapsed on the field and never recovered. Tragically, a similar fate was to befall Richard, he too collapsed on the cricket field – playing for Bromley, and never recovered. Both brothers had a heart condition that proved to be fatal.
The recent “Bart’s Bash” event saw the worldwide sailing community commemorating the life of one of the UK’s top Olympic sailing stars and, in many ways, the “Richard Lightwood Memorial” event is quite similar on a more local, club-based level, think of our event as “Richard’s Race” (perhaps without the World-Record part though :-) ) so, if you’re intrigued by all of this racing malarkey and fancy having a go, then this could be an ideal startpoint for you. It would, by all accounts, be very much enjoyed by Richard if we saw plenty of new/junior/novice racers out there taking part in this celebratory event.
Remember, the event is a ‘Pursuit’ race, so each boat starts on its own start time – so you could have the line all to yourself should you be the only boat of that class :-)
Of course, maybe you fancy crewing? – why not post something on the club facebook page? – I’ll start a ‘Richard Lightwood Memorial’ thread on there for everyone to follow / comment / appeal on.
Even if you don’t particularly fancy sailing / racing, why not come out on the race committee boat and/or patrol boats and help with the actual running of the race? This is another way to see how an event comes together and some of the technicalities involved.
So, come on down on Sunday, come and celebrate the life of a man that certainly left his mark on the club, its people and life itself……the more the merrier, veterans and beginners, young and old and, whilst entry is free, donations to be passed to the British Heart Foundation will be very welcome.
Of course, feel free to share any of your own memories of Richard either here or on the club facebook page.
Here’s to a great turnout next Sunday and a great event for all – let’s make it a good one :-D