Pat Hooper – RIP
It is with a heavy heart and sadness that Dublin BHAA learnt of the sudden passing of Pat Hooper yesterday. He still had so much to give. He contributed enormously since the 1970’s to Irish Athletics.
He was a national marathon champion and ran in the 1980’s Moscow Olympics. He was an early supporter and competitor in Dublin BHAA races. He was a winner and was often in the top three during the 1980’s decade. After his racing days, he continued with determination and passion in the administration and promotion of athletics. He was a familiar and regular person at BHAA races.
A proud Dub, he was involved in athletics at national, regional and Dublin level. For his club, Raheny Shamrocks AC, he started and sustained the annual Raheny 5 road race which is one of the finest road races on the island.
He was a key person in the delivery of the Dublin marathon and continued to its 40th anniversary. He must have personally organised hundreds of races for Raheny Shamrock AC with the regular winter and summer league races plus others like the Brian Holland and Joe Noonan Cups and the Brian Boru 10 mile Leinster championship.
At BHAA races in December and January, he invariably handed out the Raheny 5 flyers. He also helped at races and was always available for advice whether about training, race tactics or race organisation.
He was a funny, generous and sociable man who showed leadership. He had a steely determination in pursuing his goals. His achievements speak for themselves.
The Dublin BHAA committee extend their condolences to his family, friends, and club and to the athletics community.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.