Rod Smith sadly died early this morning after fighting a brave battle with dementia for some time.
He died peacefully in hospital at Odstock after being admitted some six weeks ago.
His 77th birthday was earlier this month.
Rod was a key figure in the growth of road running in the area for many years, and contributed a huge amount to the sport and to the success of the annual Salisbury 10mile road race, for which he served as race director.
He became known for his dedicated attention to detail, whether checking the route for what then were single, large road running groups every week before every Wednesday night run or chairing the race committee meetings for the 10.
A capable road runner in his own right and a staunch supporter of the Hampshire Road Race League and other major running events across the region, with many friends in the sport, Rod was also a dedicated racing cyclist in his earlier days.
The club extends its sincere condolences to Rod’s wife Carole and the family.