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16 Jun 2021

STATEMENT from HERO-ERA

It is with deep sadness and regret that HERO-ERA have to announce the tragic death today of Bob Rutherford (69) from Bristol, an experienced Senior Route Coordinator with the company, whilst conducting the final reconnoitre for the Classic Marathon event in Spain (July 4-9th 2021) today,16th June 2021.

It is with deep sadness and regret that HERO-ERA have to announce the tragic death today of Bob Rutherford (69) from Bristol, an experienced Senior Route Coordinator with the company, whilst conducting the final reconnoitre for the Classic Marathon event in Spain (July 4-9th 2021) today, 16th June 2021.

Bob died after a fall at 11.14 am in Vilarino de Conso, Northern Spain when he lost his footing.

The Emergency services pronounced him dead at the scene from his injuries. HERO-ERA Competition Director Guy Woodcock who was with Bob in Spain, as they were working together on the final route recce of the event, contacted Bob Rutherford’s immediate family and remained at the scene to coordinate with the Spanish emergency and police services.

HERO-ERA wish to extend their deepest, heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Bob Rutherford after his sad and tragic passing today. They also ask all parties to respect the privacy of family at this very sad and sensitive time.

Everyone at HERO-ERA is saddened at the loss of such a wonderful colleague and dear friend who will be missed terribly. He was so happy just to be back out on the road again, preparing a rally, when this awful accident happened. He was a warm, engaging and fun loving character, a professional adored by the rally community which makes his passing even harder to take. It is even harder for the family who have lost their beloved Bob.

HERO-ERA will be publishing and distributing a full eulogy to Bob Rutherford once the family have had time to come to terms with this terrible tragedy.

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