The lovely Alex on the Left in the Blue Jacket with Teammates Maddie Murray and Chloe Cowan following a podium place at XC
As some of you may already know, Alexandra ‘Alex’ Pope died last Wednesday 2nd August when her heart stopped suddenly. She represented Giffnock North and Hutcheson’s Grammar over road, track and cross country, winning a silver and two bronze team medals with the club at Under 13 and Under 15 level at the Scottish National Cross Country Championships in the three seasons from 2009/10.
Alex invariably conducted herself with great grace, serenity and a smile, gave of her best and willingly contributed to the team effort whenever called upon. Only once do I recall Alex turning down a request to turn out for Giffnock North, apologetically saying, “No, I can’t make that race – I’m singing at the Albert Hall.” Such a talented girl, such a loss.
As well as being a fine athlete, and a pleasure to coach, Alex was a gifted ballet dancer and her natural poise always shone through. And that’s how we’ll remember her: graceful, elegant and smiling.
The thoughts of all at Giffnock North AC are with Alex’s family and friends at this sad time.