REG RANDALL 1926 -2012
Reg Randall broke the Lands End – John o’Groats record in 1958 taking over an hour off Dave Keeler’s record set only two months earlier. Most of that advantage was gained in the final miles, no surprise to those who knew of Reg’s extraordinary courage and staying power. Two years later Reg took the 1,000 mile record in a time that stood for 41 years. Added to several more place-place records, two winning rides in the Catford ’24’ and a number of other individual and team awards at 12 and 24 hours Reg’s place among the best long distance time trialists of his era is assured. Of modest character Reg himself seemed never to really appreciate how much he had achieved and in what high esteem he was held.
Naturally Reg’s achievements have been of lasting pride to his club and many Harlequins have been privileged not only to have helped Reg on the road but also to have raced with Reg, ridden with him on many a club run, toured near and far alongside him, revelled in his company at many a club dinner, tussled with his determinedly held views at many a committee meeting. ( You don’t get to take distance records without being a little bit stubborn although he would often raise his hand shoulder high with that all-innocent pixie like smile on his face, to vote against the very point he had been arguing!)
During his busy racing career he would almost always meet the club on the Sunday ride, perhaps only at tea if he’d been riding a ’24’! Even at the peak of his relentless training schedule he would still get back to the club’s West London HQ – before closing time – with remarks like “There’s fog in the Bristol Channel”. Lesser men were simply awestruck.
In life Reg was a champion, a dedicated club man and a steadfast friend. His death is a terrible blow and a great sadness.
The funeral for close family only was on January 2nd. A gathering to celebrate Reg’s life and achievements, open to all, will be arranged in March. It will assist with the arrangements if those wishing to attend register their contact details by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning the club secretary on 01753 885 508.