Christine Weeks

It is with deep regret that Hampshire Athletics has to announce that Christine passed away peacefully at the Rowans Hospice, Purbrook on the night of Friday 30 August.

Her husband Robin asked for his thanks to be passed on to all who visited Christine; it was a comfort to know just how much people cared about her.

Christine's contribution to athletics' administration, both for Havant AC and Hampshire Athletics, during the last few decades was truly immense and she will be sorely missed.

The following article appeared in Athletics Weekly on 13 September:

Great South stalwart dies

One of the driving forces behind the Great South Run, Christine Weeks, died this month after a long illness.

Weeks, who worked in the leisure department of Portsmouth City Council when the event moved to the city in 1991, was a passionate supporter of the event and her dedication, enthusiasm and energy helped transform the Great South Run from a local road race to the biggest and most prestigious 10-mile running event in the world. Mo Farah, Liz McColgan, Sonia O'Sullivan and Paula Radcliffe are previous winners of an event that now attracts 25,000 entrants to Portsmouth every year.

Brendan Foster, chairman of race organisers The Great Run Company said: "Chris was a remarkable woman who will be fondly remembered by all of us. As an integral member of the Portsmouth City Council team, she played a huge role in the success of an event which will be staged for the 30th time next year."

Stephen Baily, director of culture and city development at Portsmouth City Council, added: "Christine's dedication and commitment to the Great South Run is unsurpassed - she was involved in the event every year for the last 28 years. Her passion and hard work was outstanding and she will be deeply missed."