It was with great sadness that the club received news of the death of one of its past members. Andy Freer died suddenly on 12th April, aged 75 years.
Andy joined Westerlands during the running boom in the mid-1980s and remained a member for over 20 years. He was a regular attender at Wednesday evening club runs for many years and didn’t mind running out in the countryside in the dark over ground that sometimes could barely be seen. Although not the typical build of a distance runner and lacking part of one lung which had been surgically removed when he was a young adult, he participated in countless road races and achieved some very respectable times. He completed one road marathon but didn’t really enjoy the experience. Trail running was a particular favourite of his, mainly just for pleasure, but he did take part in a few events including one of the early 10 mile hellrunner events at Mugdock. Wet feet and muddy legs were one of his benchmarks for a good run but, first and foremost, Andy was a social runner who enjoyed a bit of banter and light-hearted conversation. As Gillian Irvine, who ran with him regularly for many years, said ” Running with Andy could be therapeutic “.
He became a less frequent attender after he retired from his work at the University of Glasgow where he was a lecturer and honorary senior research fellow in Chemistry. However, he continued to run post retirement, entering the occasional 10K road race, and maintaining the Wednesday run tradition with Ian Struthers, in all weather, but taking the opportunity of going in the daytime to allow time for a post run bacon roll and coffee at a local cafe.
It was while out on a run that Andy collapsed and died. He is predeceased by his eldest son, Mark. Our thoughts are with his wife, Kay, his 2 remaining sons Colin and Christopher and his 2 grandchildren Dylan and Eva.