Many of our club members will have seen Paul Rutter at our Track & Field events. He supplies EDM machines for club matches - and donates the hire charges to Cancer Research. Paul is also a top level Field Official of twenty plus years experience with UK Athletics, officiating at School, Club, County, Area, City, International and Grand Prix meetings – and also at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He has worked throughout the UK, near continent and as far afield as New Zealand. One of his many memorable experiences was whilst at the London Invictus Games, when voices behind him in an accreditation only area, spoke to congratulate him in raising the correct colour flag. The voices turned out to be the utterly distinctive voices of Royalty - Princes Charles, William and Harry!
At the turn of 2017/18 Paul felt a small lump on his neck. He was about to embark on a long overdue holiday to New Zealand and Australia but thinking it could be a dental problem he visited his local doctor and was quickly referred to Ipswich Hospital where he was told to cancel his holiday. Paul had an inoperable throat cancer and was given no more than two months to live. There followed several chemo treatments, an experimental clinical trial at the Royal Marsden Hospital and latterly radiotherapy. Paul has defied the odds but the fight is not over. “I take each day as a bonus” is his mantra. Paul is sure one day there will be a cure for his type of cancer. Until that day, and when not continuing with his officiating duties, Paul puts his spare time into fund raising, mostly from within the athletics family, for Cancer Research.
On the day of Chelmsford 10K, the club held a Welly-Throwing competition, to raise funds for Paul to pass on to Cancer Research.
Paul is pictured here, receiving a donation of £750 (plus Gift Aid) from Chelmsford Athletic Club – a donation for which he says he will be forever grateful.