The sad passing of Rob Sercombe

Newport Harrier Robert Sercombe, who competed for Great Britain in the marathon at the 1974 European Championships, has died aged 67.

Sercombe, of Malpas Road, Newport, finished 14th in Rome before winning back-to-back Welsh marathon titles in 1975 and 1976.

A life member of Newport Harriers, Sercombe recorded arguably his biggest success in 1973 when he won the Polytechnic Marathon.

In his day, Robert was one of the top marathon runners in the UK,” 

He was selected to represent Britain at the European Championships in Rome largely on the back of his success in the Polytechnic race.

He also won the Newport to Tredegar race in 1973 and enjoyed a number of years at the top of the sport.

Robert was a Malpas boy and went to Brynglas Primary School and what is now Bettws Comprehensive School (Newport High School).

He was a good footballer and tennis player but athletics took over in secondary school when he really discovered how much ability he had.

He was extremely dedicated to running and was one of the first athletes to look for dietary advice to help enhance his training and performance.

He loved running but in his later career injuries took a toll.

In recent years Robert was in and out of hospital undergoing treatment for cancer and osteoporosis

Robert was a very private person, independent and religious person and a really nice guy.

Away from sport, Sercombe became an accountant after graduating from university in Bristol and for a number of years audited Newport Harriers accounts.  A service he eventually had to give up as his business expanded and ate more into his time.

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