Athletics world in mourning after death of legend North

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The athletics world was today in mourning following the death of Gerry North.

The City of Portsmouth legend died last night after losing his brave battle with cancer, at the age of 77.

North will be remembered as one of the greatest sportsmen and coaches to ever have an association with Portsmouth.

His achievements will go down in folklore, as he was named the most consistent runner of the 60s.

North was part of the English team which won what is now the World Cross Country Championships five times.

And the City stalwart remains the only person to win the English Cross Country Championships as a junior, senior and a veteran.

North also collected a world record to underline his status as one of the greatest British runners ever.

After his running days came to a close, he went on to coach a string of national champions and international athletes.

His experience was also utilised in managerial positions for his country and organiser of well over 200 races.

North’s achievements saw him given The News Sports Awards lifetime achievement award in 2012.

North’s full obituary will appear in The News tomorrow.