Pete Fouldes emailed me this week to let me know that his Dads brother Jack passed away last weekend aged 97 in Rotherham hospital, he had been unwell for some time.
Jack I guess will only be known by a few club members i.e. John Clarke who would have met Jack possibly on the Saturday morning runs to Retford, attended by John , Jim & Kate Hall, Ernest Keeton, George Steers and others, also some of whom, have sadly departed.
Jack’s funeral will be held on Thursday 22nd August at 3.30pm Hutcliffe Wood.
Jack Fouldes Obituary (1922 – 2019)
Jack joined the Rutland CC pre-war (WW II) and was active keeping the club going through the war years (1939 – 1945) with regular club runs into Nottinghamshire. Jack kept the Rutland CC name on the results board down at Blyth when the sporadic, war time, events did take place and held the club record for the fastest 25 for several years.
He completed the Manchester and District 12 hour during the 1940s with little or no support, having to ride there and back from Sheffield.
Jack finished his racing years with the Scala wheelers, the top Sheffield racing team of the wartime era. During the war time years, with little or no traffic the bike was king of the road it wasn’t uncommon for Jack with the Rutland club members to come up against the Sheffield Phoenix coming out of places like Matlock and to be engaged in a kerb to kerb battle as the two clubs attempted to outpace one another. A similar competition used to occur heading to the tea stops out in Nottinghamshire where the Rutland club members would be en-mass all across the A1 in an attempt to be first into the café.
Jack in his later years went on to live in Sutton near Retford where his cycling activities included time trial marshalling and meeting up with the Saturday morning run to the café in Retford attended typically by – Jim & Kate Hall, Ernest Keeton, George Steers, John Clarke and others.