Dickie Corlett – RIP
Dickie Corlett passed away last week after years of ill health with the support of a remarkable wife, Irene, who nursed him at home, along with his whole family, until the end.
Dickie was a four time winner of the World Tin Bath Championship and was particularly proud to win the team prize as well as the individual award with Boundary Harriers in 1976. The team is photographed above with brother Roy on the left and Mitch Joughin on the right.
Within 10 years, and three years after the photo below with a team from Boundary Harriers that attended the National Younger Age Group Walks in 1983 and then raced in York the following day, he had lost his sight. Diabetes was to cause much more suffering but Roy says he never ever lost the will to live.
"I will always remember him as the positive,
energetic, bubbly workaholic brother who was always willing to help and support
everyone" said Roy.
Irene, the former Parish Walk winner, 100 mile winner and multi Manx Marathon Champion, could undoubtedly have achieved even more had she not always put her family first – in addition to Dickie, she provided years of care to her brother.
It wasn’t all one way. Dickie worshiped Irene and was always at her side through her successes when she made her race against the clock as short as possible. Without doubt having Irene at his side saw an equal determination to make his race against time as long as possible. (ML 27/04/14)
Back row: the late Edwin Dudley, Mark Cringle, Allan Callow, Gladys Callow, Irene Corlett, Dickie Corlett, Mike Karran
Front row: Johanne Kermode, Cindy Iveagh, Helen Kermode, Andy Garrett, Adam Baker.