The athletics community is shocked and saddened to hear today of the tragic news that two talented teenagers from Aldershot, Farnham and District AC died following a road collision while training near their club. Lucy Pygott (17) and Stacey Burrows (16) were warming up for a session when they were struck by a car just after 7pm on Tuesday, 8 November and suffered fatal injuries.
A statement by Mike Neighbour on the Aldershot club website contained the following tribute: “These athletes, who were highly valued members of our club, played a huge role in the recent success of AFD including last weekend’s National Cross Country Relays, where the club took five out of the ten titles awarded. The club is absolutely devastated to lose such amazing, talented young female athletes. Our thoughts and prayers are with the two families who are being supported by the police family liaison team."
Mike Neighbour also paid tribute to the many people who helped at the scene: “The club would like to thank fellow athletes, the Hart Football Club and many bystanders who were backed by professional support from the Military Police, the Surrey, Sussex and Kent Air Ambulance, South East Coast Ambulance Service and Hampshire Police for their extraordinary attention at the time of the incident."
Lucy Pygott (pictured) was second fastest under-17 in the National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield on Saturday (5 November) in AFD’s winning team and was the bronze medal winner in the European Athletics Youth Championships 3000m (9:28.15 PB) in Tblisi, Georgia in July.
Stacey Burrows had improved from 5:07.05 to 4:48:11 for 1500m in the past year and was due to join Lucy in an international cross country in Spain at the weekend.
Among the countless tributes from the wider athletics community were these words from former world 10,000m champion, Liz McColgan on Twitter: “So sad to hear about the two young girls from Aldershot killed while out training heart goes out to their family and friends”.
Police today confirmed that a 24-year-old soldier was arrested on suspicion of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.