Graham Matthews Obituary

Robin Brew, co-founder of the 220 Race Series: “Graham was one of the original good guys in the early days of triathlon in the UK and Europe. His heart was in the sport for the greater good of athletes and the wider promotion of triathlon. His contribution helped shape the Bath Triathlon and subsequent BBC TV coverage that propelled many of the world’s leading triathletes into the Spotlight. Graham, a modest and kind-hearted man will be very much missed and the era that benefitted owe him a debt of gratitude. On behalf of the athletes of the time, our condolences are lovingly sent to his family.”


John Lunt, co-founder of the 220 Race Series: “I got to know Graham in the mid 80s helping him deliver some of John Lillie’s ground-breaking 220 races. (Bath, Swindon, Ironbridge). These were the sport’s showcase events and they propelled the sport onto TV. Not only a great athlete himself, but he was also a great person as well as a true pioneer in our sport of triathlon. He will be truly missed.”

Trevor Gunning, co-founder of the 220 Race Series: “Competitor, club official and race organiser. A leading figure in the sport and a great contributor to triathlon, he was also a driving force behind Bath Amphibians. Those early days of triathlon in the UK were fantastic fun and the inter-club rivalry a major part of the sport. Triathlon would not be where it is now if not for the contribution of triathletes like Graham. My sympathies go to his family and close friends.”