Guy van Herp: ‘More of a pal than a physio’; Scottish 5k Champs off

Wednesday 15th July 2020

Photo via Edinburgh AC website

Everyone at scottishathletics has been deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Guy van Herp.

Guy was a very well-known physio in Edinburgh who treated hundreds of Scottish athletes over many years.

News of his passing on social media prompted comments and condolences from various strands of our sport from track and field to road runners to ultra.

All at scottishathletics send out condolences to Guy’s family and friends at this difficult time.

He was involved in other sports, including working for spells in football with Hearts and more recently for the SFA with the Scotland Women’s team en route to their World Cup finals appearance in 2019.

Guy was also a Masters athlete, winning medals in Scottish and British events and competing in the first World Masters event in 2004.  Having had a base at Meadowbank for many years, Edinburgh AC are of course deeply affected.

The club said: ‘Everyone at Edinburgh AC is devastated to learn of the passing of Guy van Herp.

‘Generations of club athletes, Officials and coaches benefited from his physio expertise and we have lost a true friend of the club.

‘Sending our sincere condolences to all his family and friends.’

Scot Darren Gauson, lead coach at Bradley University in America, said on Twitter: ‘Guy was the friendliest, kindest and most knowledgeable physio I have ever met.

‘He was extremely impactful with all the Scottish athletes; he would always make time to check out any little injury. He will be dearly missed.’

Guy grew up in Belgium and was inspired by the legendary Ivo van Damme, double silver medallist in the 800m/1500m at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

He is survived by wife Anita and children Tim and Micah.

The family have asked us to share the following details for a funeral service taking place at 1pm on Thursday 16 July:

Login / Order ID: 40717
Password: efpqaynh

Photo with thanks to Tim van Herp


Action from Silverknowes in 2019 (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Race organiser Adrian Stott has reluctantly take the decision to call off the Run and Become 5K event at Silverknowes in Edinburgh on Friday 7 August which was due to host our Scottish 5k Champs.

scottishathletics will work with Adrian to look at possible Virtual 5K options for around that date.

Refunds will be issued with the race organiser and Entry Central asking those entered to be patient in that regard.

‘We appreciate this will be disappointing for so many runners,’ said Adrian. ‘Over the last few years so many Scottish clubs have supported the race and made it a fun event for all.’

More details on the cancellation are online



Tags: Edinburgh AC, Guy van Herp, Silverknowes

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