Murray Lambden, one of the best-known faces and names in local athletics, died suddenly yesterday after collapsing on Marine Drive walking his dog.
Murray represented the Isle of Man at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia, where he finished eighth in the men’s 30km Walk in a time of 2hr 22min 18sec.
A British record holder at the same distance, he represented Great Britain on four occasions at various distances.
He held every manx record up to 50km, including the TT Course walk and the end to end.
He won the 1978 Parish Walk, having finished runner-up to John Cannell two years earlier.
He retired from walking in 1983 because of a back injury.
He later took up running and was one of the island’s leading distance runners, holding several age-group records.
In latter years he was ever-present at local athletics events with his cameras and a smile.