WINCHESTER & District Athletics Club have paid tribute to a longstanding member Bernie Bennett, who has died aged 84.

He will be remembered by many older members of the local athletics community, for his record breaking performances.

Bernie held many records over his time running in Winchester. He is still the club’s record holder for his age group in the 5km, 10km, 10 miles, half marathon and full marathon.

A club statement said: “Most recently he had been a long-serving walks leader in the Bishopstoke area, near Eastleigh and was in fact on his way to the start of one of their walks when he was taken ill. He will be missed by us all.”