Remembering Chris Pickard

We are sad to report the passing of Chris Pickard, a legend and lifetime contributor to the running community in NL.

Tributes have been posted HERE by the NLAA and HERE by Athletics Ontario.



  1. Anonymous said

    Both Ray and Chris coached me while at MUN and I had the privilege of then assisting Chris with the varsity teams after my competing years. Knowledgeable and ever encouraging he helped keep the desire to run even just for myself to this day. Thank-you for all those practices in the rain and cold with all those stop watches around your neck – always with the grin!

  2. Anonymous said

    We remember Chris as always enthusiastic about running and ever a fine gentleman. Our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.John and Ginny Ryan

  3. Chris had an extensive knowledge of track and field both in England,Ontario and here in Newfoundland.His never lost his charming English accent and his sense of humor.He made an enormous contribution to the development of track and field and cross country.Condolences to his wife and family and friends.Micheal Boyle.

  4. Noel said

    Obituary is posted at You can leave condolences there.

  5. Joe Ryan said

    I was saddened earlier today to learn of the death of Chris Pickard. I first met Chris in the mid 1970’s, shortly after his arrival in the province to become the Executive-Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Track and Field Association, in preparation for the 1977 Canada Summer Games. After the Games, with Chris’s guidance and expert knowledge, a road race program was developed and the historic Telegram Road Race was given new life.Chris lived and breathed track and field and as the Road Race Chairman at the time, I received many late night phone calls from Chris that invariably would begin, “This is Chris Pickard calling”. Without Chris’s copious notes, detailed analysis of races, and his famous “Pickard’s Picks”, my book on the history of the Tely 10 would undoubtedly not have been written. Many of us will remember running road races in the late 1970’s and throughout the 80’s and seeing Chris first at mile one, then at mile three, and then again at mile five, always so calm as he scribbled away recording time and positions on his ever-present clip-board. Chris Pickard played a major role in the development of athletics in this province and his contribution to the sport will probably never be surpassed.He was a true gentleman and a great friend.My sincerest condolences to his wife Julia, his daughters Liz and Anne, and to his sons Chris and Michael and to their families.

  6. Anonymous said

    In the late 80's, as a 30 something year old runner/triathlete I would turn up some evenings to run with the MUN cross country running team, coached by Chris Pickard. I remember Chris had us do hill repeats around the Confederation Building. I was never an elite runner, middle of the pack at best, but Chris always paid as much attention to me as he did the elite runners on his team. He made the slower runners feel as welcome as the best in the pack. I remember Chris as a gentle and kind soul, with a great knowledge and love of running and for coaching.I am very sad to hear of Chris's passing. It is with deepest sympathy that I pass my condolences on to Julia (his wife) from whom I did a art class at one time, and to his children. I did not know Chris really well, but the little time I spent in his presence has left me with very fond memories of him. Thank you Chris, you will be missed.Ron Edmunds

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