Runner dies after collision with car

A FORMER Potters Bar man died after being involved in a car accident while out running along a country road.

Paul Farmer, 55, was jogging along Oaklands Lane, Smallford, when he was in collision with a car on Saturday morning.

The dad-of-three was taken to the QE2 Hospital in WGC, but later died of his injuries.

He leaves wife Rona and his three grown-up children, Sian, Emlyn and Alun, who this week paid tribute to him.

Paul was born in Enfield and grew up in Potters Bar, attending Mount Grace School.


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After leaving school, he worked at the QE2 Hospital before moving on to Hillingdon Hospital, where he worked his way up to a managerial role.

He continued to work in the health sector and, after setting up a consultancy firm in the 1990s, he latterly advised health trusts across the country how to save costs and spend money more efficiently.

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He met Rona while out skating at Alexandra Palace and the couple married in 1976 at Potters Bar Baptist Church.

They moved to London Colney shortly after and then on to St Albans.

Rona said: “Paul was a good provider and companion. He was a loving person and always there for people.

“He will be missed by so many.”

Sian, 27, said: “Dad always had time for people.

“He was a genuine and professional man. He was my sounding board and I’d always go to him if I needed advice.”

Paul enjoyed many hobbies, including sailing, fly fishing, motorbikes, photography and running.

Rona said: “He was training for the St Albans Half Marathon when the accident happened.

“He had done many half marathons in the past and raised money for various charities.”

Donations in Paul’s memory can be made to Urban Saints, Leukaemia Research or Asthma UK, causes very close to Paul’s heart.

* The accident happened just after 9.30am on Saturday.

The car involved was a silver Ford Fiesta, driven by a 21-year-old woman, who was uninjured.

Any witnesses to the crash should call police on 0845 33 00 222.

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