TRIBUTES have been paid to Pickering Running Club stalwart Syd Youngson, who passed away peacefully at home aged 86.

A stalwart of the Ryedale running community, he was a long-time member of Pickering Running Club, and also enjoyed a long tenure as their chairman.

Not only a talented runner who completed several marathons, fell races and long distance walking challenges, Syd was well remembered for offering care and support to those in need.

His knowledge of local paths was extraordinary, and he planned a number of picturesque summer runs, introducing the club’s runners to stunning scenery they might otherwise not have known existed.

Lynn Humpleby recalled that fondly, saying: “Syd was a runner deep to his core both in his relentless determination and his knowledge of every local path and field.”

Kim Cavill added: “I have so many lovely memories of Syd. He really was such a generous man with his time and support.”

When Syd was unable to run in his later years, his kind support and willingness to help others did not cease.

He continued to serve on the Pickering Running Club committee, and also helped to organise the road race leagues.

He was also a much appreciated volunteer at Dalby Forest parkrun. Every Saturday at 7.30am, Syd would be in the forest checking the route and helping with its set-up. 

Taking photographs of the competitors at the start and finish, runners would eagerly await their appearance on social media at the end of the day - a memento of another parkrun.

When news of his passing was announced at the parkrun, the tearful reactions bore testament to how much he would be missed.

Gazette & Herald: Syd was joined by many people for his 80th birthday celebrations.Syd was joined by many people for his 80th birthday celebrations. (Image: Supplied)

Outside of running, Syd was immensely proud of his career in the RAF and was a loving and proud family man who will be sorely missed by many.

Members of his beloved Pickering Running Club have paid tribute to Syd, and will remember him for his encouragement, advice and love of running. 

Sue Smith recalled his support at Dalby Forest parkrun, saying: “Syd kept me going, cheering me up the last hill of Dalby Forest parkrun so many times.

“Rest in peace Syd, you are and always will be a part of Dalby parkrun.

“He was a PRC legend,” said Serena Partridge. “I loved chatting to him about his marathon pictures and certificates hanging in his hallway.

“He was so generous and was a great promoter of local races and parkrun."

Mike Richmond added: “Syd was a truly lovely man, and always ready to help.

“He took brilliant pictures of runners in full action.”

Sally Edwards remembers Syd for his tremendous local knowledge and ability to steer runners back on track.

“I will always remember Syd on those epic overnight walks such as the Seahorse Saunter and Lyke Wake Walk - I had to run at times to keep up with his walking! 

“We got lost on a few occasions, but Syd always put us right."

“I remember Syd at the beginners group,” said Jennie Young. 

“He used to ride around on his bike giving encouragement and advice.”

To others, he will be remembered for his long-held association with Pickering.

“He really is a PRC legend and will be greatly missed,” said Kate Towse.

Paul Tate-Smith agreed, adding: “He is a true legend who will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.”