Saturday, June 13, 2009


Align LeftJohn Crellin - RIP

Sadly John Crellin, from the Isle of Man, died today competing in the Senior Race, Isle of Man TT 2009 Road Races. Condolences from all here on the island to John's family.


Dave said...

I knew John and this would be the way he would want to bow out. Thoughts to the family.

laxeylass said...

Very sad news. My dad knew him from way back. Sympathies to all John's family from a expat Manxie.

Funky Chicken said...

A real loss to the racing world. John mate, ride those skies.

Great TT blog.

Karen said...

So sorry. Not a sport I follow but I'm sure his passing is a tragic loss to his fans and family.

Kate said...

This is a very sad post, not only because it's about his death but also because it's so immediate. Memorials are important!

Phil, Sue and Rob, near the Central said...

The saddest photo I have ever seen on your blog.Sympathy to Mr Crellin's family. Pleasure to meet you lass and thanx for adjusting my camera setting. I got 5 photos I am almost proud of.

magiceye said...

heartfelt condolences to all bereaved

Unknown said...

I am so heartbroken! John was my father's cousin and we have been in touch over the years; I recently communicated with him via email about his Mt. Everest climb. I'm so sick from sadness :(

R.I.P. John, You ROCKED it in your time on earth.


chrome3d said...

It´s a dangerous sport and accidents are always lurking around there. Part of the game.

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Unknown said...

So sad :-(

My sympathise to his family and friends..

gogouci said...

Such a tragic, early departure.

jabblog said...

How very sad and a dreadful shock for everyone involved. It seems that his name and reputation will live on while there are those to speak of him.

Marie Reed said...

All my condolences to his family..What a tragedy and shock..

DAB said...

So sad to hear :( TFx

Anonymous said...

Cool . . . great photo shoots, I. of M. brings back fond memories to me. Your blog is interesting, and a joy to read. Keep it up, John.
Visit my blog.

Lee Spangler said...

Death's appearance seems so random. You are here and then you're not. It sucks for the living.

EG CameraGirl said...

Very sad indeed!

SH -ic said...

i didnt know him but its hard to loos life like that ..
to you all best

Susie said...

Very sad news.

PJ said...

That had to be difficult for everyone involved. It's very thoughtful of you to recognize him, B.

julia said...

Sad day. Xpert professional photos galore, must be a fun time, otherwise. The side car events are something else, I guess it not a case of leaning out one side or the other with that style.

Anonymous said...

Such a shame, and a local man. At least he went doing what he loved.
Always bad for the family.

Debbie Courson Smith said...

Oh, that's so sad.

Anonymous said...

Some people sit and dream about what they want to do, John didn't dream he did it. R.I.P. John we shall all miss you at work, you made the final pitstop

Diederick Wijmans said...

Very sad indeed!!

Mo said...

Condolences from London. It is hard for all the other riders as well when something like this happens. Hard for Babooskha too who was having such a great time.

mrsnesbitt said...

I came across this interview with John Crellin, some of the answers are a comfort!

What would be your perfect day?
A good result from a TT Race.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Mountaineering and racing bikes.

What is your idea of a perfect meal?
Steak and chips.

Do you have a favourite hangover cure?
Plenty of water and a couple of aspirin before bed.

What is the first job you ever had?
Bread delivery boy.

What vehicle, if any, do you own?

Do you have any irrational fears?

Who do you love?

Who, or what, do you hate?

What is your oldest item of clothing?
My first suit from Burtons when I was 18 years old — and it still fits.

What newspapers and magazines do you read?
Local papers, The Times, MCN, Civil Engineering (my job).

What websites do you visit?
Local sport, news, Google.

What is your favourite TV programme?
It was Blake's 7.

What was the first record you ever bought?
Fresh Cream and Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel.

What is your most annoying habit?
Ask my friends.

What is your favourite journey?
IOM TT course (on closed roads).

What is your favourite part of the Isle of Man?
Running on the fells/mountain.

What is your ultimate ambition?
Finish the Seven Summits (I've done six so far) and that 120+mph TT lap (currently 119mph).

What is your greatest achievement?
Staying alive.

Choose three people, alive or dead, to invite to dinner.
Brunel, Churchill, Mike Hailwood.

Do you:

Believe in God?

Believe in love at first sight?

Know whose number one in the charts?

Support the death penalty?
Yes in extreme cases.

Sing in the bath?

What would you like to be your epitaph?
Final Pit Stop.

Shrinky said...

We are all still in shock, what a dreadful loss for his family, friends and all those who knew him.

Rest in Peace, John, you accomplished more in your too short lifetime than most of us could ever even dream of.

Unknown said...

My condolences to his family and friends.. RIP

Sylvia K said...

I hold good thoughts for his family and friends, a sad loss. RIP

Thanks for sharing, Babooshka, have a good week!

Billie MacGowan said...

Feel this is such an inadequate post. I'm an Italian journalist and I keep a sporting obituaries section for a sports website. I would like to feature such an exceptional charachter as John Crellin in it, because I feel his story and career deserves it. I would like to know, if it is possible, the date and place he was born. I also would like to extend my condolences to everybody who knew him.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Babooshka: That is so sad to hear.

Mojo said...

Always tragic when someone goes before their time. But I suspect if you'd asked him, this is how he'd have chosen to go out (barring perhaps old age and checking out in his sleep).

How odd that the last interview question was what he'd want his epitaph to be.

And how chillingly fitting his choice was too.

A friend of John Crellin said...

Billie, As a friend of John's I applaud this post, no false sentiment. Just like John would want no fuss just to let us know he slipped away doing what he loved. May I suggest you see the IOM guides for riders. Please respect the family and friends wishes and keep it simple. You didn't know him we did personally we did. I hope you understand.

Kind regards.

A friend of John Crellin

Billie MacGowan said...

sorry, there's been a misunderstanding: I felt my comment and query about the birthdate and place was inadequate, seen the moment. I didn't mean to cause any fuss...If you want, just delete or edit (I doubt the latter is possible) my comment. Sorry once again, I really didn't mean to say that. What a shame...

Jane Hards Photography said...

Hi Billie,

No worries. I don't like to delete comments unless I really have to. I agree it was short, not an obituary as it was all a little raw with us here on the island. More a case of letting folks know. Not being a journalist just a blogger, TT Fan, photographer and islander I reacted with the heart rather than the head. If you want to email me I'll happily help out any way I can.

Friend Of John Crellin - I believe Billie just wanted to do justice to John but understand why so emotive.



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