RIP : Dad - Much Loved Father.....

This blog has been quite quiet during this week due to the tragic loss of my Father (John Croucher) he was a really father to have who held a lot of knowledge which I could sure doing with using now.....

Dad was always there for his family and relatives and had "a heart of gold" and I feel that I did not have any opportinity to say goodbye but I reset in the knowledge that he passed away doing something he loved and his death was not painful or disabling.

I find this situation really hard at the moment but with all the support from family and friends I seem to be copeing quite well (well sometyimes) I would particulary like to mention the help I have received from :

1. Carl Powels
2. Janet Hooper
3. Sue Mcconaghy
4. National Grid

I have many good memorys of Dad and wish that his onward jorney be to a place of rest and peace, I would like to take this opportinity to outline how the incident occured (if you feel up to read it)

He was cycling in the Stratford-upon-Avon 220 race along the A46 Stratford Road, in Sherbourne, Warwick, at about 0940 BST on Sunday when he collapsed.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said he had had a cardiac arrest and members of the public had tried to give him cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Ambulance crews and air ambulance doctors continued CPR but he was confirmed dead at the scene.

'Deepest sympathies'

The man had already completed a swim in a 33m pool at Stratford Leisure and Visitor Centre.

The competition is divided into a fun triathlon, sprint triathlon or relay triathlon sections. Entrants swim either 200m (0.12 miles) or 400m (0.24miles). In addition they are required to complete a 23km (14.2 miles) flat cycle ride and finally run either 2.5km (1.5 miles) or 5km (3.1 miles).

It is not known which section the competitor had been taking part in.

Event organiser Vic Bickerton, of UK Triathlon, said: "After 14 years of the Stratford Triathlon, the event organisers are shocked and saddened at the death of one of the competitors at the event yesterday.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the competitor's family at this time. I'd like to thank the emergency services for their swift response. Out of respect for the family we cannot comment further".

Dad, you will always be in a special place in my heart and I hope that you will always be there in spirit for me as I am gonna need all the help I am going to get.....
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