The members of Toowoomba Road Runners express their immense sadness at the loss of Roger and Jill Guard. Both have been stalwarts of the club for many years and will be greatly missed. Roger for his quiet but determined demeanor, his ability to attract and befriend all members - a mentor for many who aspired to run and never a harsh word for anyone. Jill for the support she provided in the background, particularly the breakfasts.
Both have been been taken at a time when they should and been and were enjoying their latter years. May they both rest in peace and our sincere sympathy to Roger and Jill's families.
Vale Roger and Jill.
The Mayor's office will be coordinating a public event in Toowoomba to celebrate their lives within the next couple of weeks (details will be provided soon). In lieu of flowers, Roger and Jill's family have requested that donations be made to the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and/or Medecins Sans Frontieres. Information on how to make a donation in their memory will be provided here soon.
You can read the club's public tribute to Jill and Roger on the Toowoomba Chronicle website. You can also read their son Paul's tribute.
Please feel free to use the club's Facebook Page to leave your personal tributes to Jill and Roger.
Toowoomba Road Runners (TRR) is an informal group of social runners that has an ethos of having fun and keeping fit. TRR provides opportunities to exercise all year round and caters for all categories of runner, whether fast, slow or just a jogger. We encourage all interested runners or joggers to join our regular social runs on Wednesdays at 5.30pm at the barbecue area just south of the Mother's Memorial on Burstow Street and on Mondays and Fridays at 5:30pm at Middle Ridge Park on Stenner St. There are also weekly runs on Sunday mornings at various locations around Toowoomba, please refer to the calendar of events for times and locations. Other runs are coordinated between members on a regular basis.
TRR also conducts three major events each year - the King & Queen of the Range in June, Ridge 2 Ridge Half Marathon (including 10/5km events) in September and the Toowoomba Marathon (including half marathon & 10km) in October. The club also offers a series of cross country running events for local Toowoomba schools during the calendar year.
Profits from the three major events put on by the TRR are donated to local charities with the primary beneficiary being the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation.
Membership is $25 per annum for singles and $30 per family but we encourage you to join us for a run and try before you buy!
You can download histories of the Toowoomba Marathon, Carnival Half and King/Queen of the Range from the About Us page