Norman Harris funeral service, Dec 18

The funeral of the former Sunday Times, Times and Observer sportswriter, Norman Harris, who died last month, will be held next Friday, December 18.

New Zealand-born Harris wrote on athletics, rugby and cricket in a varied career which also saw him author many books on sporting topics through the 1960s and 1970s.

He laid claim to having invented the word “jogger”, and he founded the Sunday Times National Fun Run in Hyde Park in 1978, which in many ways captured the energy and enthusiasm which would become known as the “running boom” of the 1980s which saw events such as the London Marathon and Great North Run begin.

The funeral service will be held at Mortlake Crematorium at 2.40pm, followed by a wake at the Bank of England Club off Priory Lane, Roehampton.

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