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John Delaine

John Delaine
Mike Neighbour

It is with great sadness to report the sudden loss of John Delaine, Life Vice President of AFD.

After some delay, we have now been able to make arrangements for John’s funeral, which will be held on Friday 22nd March. There will be a short family Cremation in the morning. There will then be a Service of Thanksgiving, to which everyone is very welcome. This will be at 2pm at St Mary’s Church, Ash Vale, GU12 5JE and will be followed by refreshments until 4.30pm.

We would like to have flowers just from the family, but if you would like to donate to one of two charities that John supported, there will be the opportunity to do so on the day. Alternatively, donations can be made to Lodge Bros Funeral Directors (7 Guildford Road, The Square, Lightwater GU18 5SS). The charities are Macmillan Cancer Support and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex.

We would like the Thanksgiving Service to be a celebration of John’s life and therefore would like people to wear some colour.

If you would like to come, please could you let us know, for space and catering purposes. Please contact Louise Hilton at or

John’s journey with AFD started in September 1981 like many parents, with his daughter Louise and immediately got hooked back into athletics. John originally had competed in Sprints long and triple jumps and hurdles as an athlete but got embroiled in cross country and race walking as a coach. Spring 1982 John got invited to committee as a parent member. As a parent volunteer he rapidly became integral to encouraging sport and club activities.

John started to assist with coaching Race Walking where his ethos was to keep the sessions interesting and varied, often resulted in a multi-event focus. In the early 1990s, John became the club’s coaching coordinator providing valuable guidance from his experiences in risk assessment, health and safety. John has been involved in several of AFD ventures, the “Come and Try It Days which grew to the Easter Academy, where the club promoted all athletic disciplines to local primary schools in preparation of the Schools Summer Terms. He also championed the England Athletics young athletes coaching framework known as “athletics 365”; using his professional back ground in Risk and Governance, John took the lead on guiding the club to become compliant with Club Mark and England Athletics Accreditation. In 2016 Farnham Sports Council awarded John the Services to Sport with the local community.
Our thoughts are with John’s family at this difficult time.

John’’s coaching successes include several Young Athletes making England internationals, Jointly Coached Verity Snook to her full senior international who competed at Commonwealth (1994), European (1994) and World Championships (1993). John also coached, many master athletes to their age group World Championship medal positions in race walking.

John is a Life Vice President, which is regarded as an exceptional honour in recognition of many years of distinguished service.