JIM STARK - COLLESSIE
Jim Stark from Collessie died last month from brain tumours after several months of treatment.
Jim passed away in Adamson Hospital, Cupar where he had been hoping that the treatment could aid his recovery
Jim started his Games debut at Newburgh Highland Games after he had stopped playing football for a junior club
He started to be regular on the Games circuit and he really enjoyed the camaraderie of the competitors
He even toured on the Games fortnight and even turned his hand to improvised wrestling debut at a local meet as they were short of wrestlers!
On a trip to Balloch Games in Jim's car, we had three tyre punctures, but still managed to appear at the meeting
Jim would compete in the handicap races, sprints, middle distance races.
He was trained by the late Andrew Mitchell, Jim really enjoyed the training, as his background from football, he had a good "engine" not blessed with speed, he was a determined competitor.
His performances, well he won a few handicaps over 800m, which he thoroughly enjoyed and the money was a bonus.
I knew Jim from playing with Cupar YMCA football team and his twin brother John who lives in Ladybank.
When Jim finally hung up his spikes he kept in touch with all forms of athletics, be it the amateur or the professional before open athletics was formed.
Published: 2013-07-03 08:45:03