Arthur Boyt

WRE M75 Silver Arthur Boyt
WRE M75 Silver Arthur Boyt
Credit: Nick Barrable
Last updated: Mon 17 Jul 2023

We are very saddened to learn of the passing of another long time orienteer and member of the Club, Arthur Boyt.

Profile of Arthur in Compass Sport Magazine from 2007, courtesy of Nick Barrable.

More recognition of Arthur's running ability on the KERNO Facebook page:

More recent achievements were 2nd as an M80 in all the follow: Brit champs (2019 & 2021), Brit night champs (2020) and overall in Scottish 6-days (2019).

The funeral will be held on Tuesday 25th July at 12.00 noon at Newton Abbot. Further details of the funeral arrangements can be obtained from Arthur's sister in law, email hidden; JavaScript is required, the Chair, or myself, Andy. 

Having previously belonged to Kerno and TVOC, Arthur was well-known to many, even before he moved to Exmouth, and joined Devon OC in later years. He had  controlled/planned Devon events previously, and was a regular competitor at our events and familiar face at other events around the country. Most would remember him for his eccentricities, but Arthur was a very good runner in his younger days, and experienced and competitive orienteer well into his later years. 

I'm sure others will have their own recollections, and could supply a more complete picture of his life, but one of my everlasting memories of him will be the time he overtook me at a trail run (4 Trigs?) in East Devon. Thinking that I could catch the 'old chap' up on the steep descent into Sidmouth, I wasn't too worried. But even into his mid sixties, Arthur was still very fit. As we ran over the top of the hill, I didn't close the gap. Instead, he disappeared further and further down the hill ahead of me. I could only marvel that, seeing him running from behind, I could have been following a teenager the way he bounded down the hill. He often reminded me of that day. (Andy Reynolds)