Southend AC sadly announce the death of its most successful ever sprint coach & life member Jerry Tucker, who died on Feb 1st of a sudden and unexpected brain haemorrhage.

Through the 80’s and 90’s Jerry produced many County and National Champions or medalists and in the Club’s best ever sprinter Mark Smith, a Commonwealth Gold Relay Medal. His squad still make up most of the club’s top 5 sprint ranking spots, including Mark Smith 10.4, 20.85, 46.44, John Rowlands 48.3, Elliot Brittain (U15) sub 50, Clive Farrow 22.05, 48.45, Keith Palmer 21.5, 48.8, his own son David Tucker (u15) 50 secs, Nick Hewitt & Paul Sylvester 11.0/1. Jerry’s success also brought in top sprinters from other club’s to join the group, John Kenny 10.4, & Jason Fergus 10.3, 20.85, to name but a few.

Jerry moved up north to Cheshire towards the end of the 90’s to be near his family and his group was taken over by one of his own squad and now club chairman and level 3 sprint coach Keith Palmer, but what a hard act to follow!!!

A fantastic group and great time to be a sprinter at the club. RIP Jerry, we applaud you. ???

3 thoughts on “Obituary

  1. Cathy Manson says:

    Thank-you so much for this wonderful tribute. Athletics was Dad’s passion his whole life and he remained an active coach right up until the day he died. It’s lovely to know that he is remembered with such great fondness by the club that was such a big part of his life.
    Cathy, Jerry’s daughter

  2. Andy Green ( Race Director in 1985 ) says:

    Apart from being a great club coach Jerry was one of the essential team members that were instrumental in making the Southend 10K road race such an important event to Southend Athletic Club.
    In 1985 Kodak approached the club to be part of their Festival of Running.
    They were very demanding in their requirements for a professionally run event. One of their requirements was for a programme to be printed prior to the event in alphabetical order and for the results to be be collated and printed within 2 days. Jerry having computer expertise stepped upto the plate. Remember we were only getting to grips with the BBC computer which were so basic at this time.
    Amazingly Jerry worked out a programme to satisfy Kodaks specification, and carried out the the successful recording of the results. ( there were 1700 entries and 1430 finishers ) Jerry and one helper did all this with 2 BBC computers sat in a cold and windy stand at Southchurch Park!!
    The result was a tremendous success for the club and Kodak were so impressed they included the club in their 1986 Festival of Running. The club owes him a great debt as without his specialist input the Southend 10K may not have gone on to be the great event it is now.

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