Thomas Bubendorfer
Pic credit - Marathon Club of Ireland

Tributes have been paid to popular runner Thomas Bubendorfer who sadly passed away. Thomas had been on holiday with his family in Spain when he died after being struck by a car while running. The tragic incident happened on September 6th.

His wife Niamh posted a message confirming the devastating news;

It is with such a heavy heart that I write this. Thomas my beloved husband was killed on Tuesday last in Madrid when out for a run. We are absolutely devastated and utterly bereft without him.”

Thomas was an active member of Bray Runners Athletic Club and regularly took part in a variety of races and distances from 5k to Ultras. The club made a poignant statement in memory of their popular member;

Our club has been reeling with shock and sadness this week after hearing of the death of one of our members, Thomas Bubendorfer. Thomas was hit by a car while out for a run on Tuesday 6 September.”

All who crossed Thomas’ path at Bray Runners AC have been deeply affected by this tragedy. His quiet pragmatism, dry humour, and breadth of running lore quickly became a part of the fabric of the club as he (an ultra runner) took part in all aspects of club life, even 600m time trials on the track.

We have had a few opportunities to come together informally this weekend to commune and share our grief and disbelief. We would like to thank Ratoath AC for facilitating a minute’s silence prior to the start of the National Half Marathon on Saturday.

Thanks to Mary and PJ Hourihan for their tribute and minute’s silence prior to the start of the Parkrun in Shanganagh Park. Thomas was an integral part of the Bray Runners AC Parkrun Pacing Team and over the last few months assisted many to PBs and target times with his metronomic pacing skills.

“Finally, some of our members redirected the Sunday run along one of Thomas’ favourite routes this morning. The club will arrange a more formal tribute over the coming weeks and will keep you informed.”

“Our thoughts are with Thomas’ wife Niamh, four children, and wider family and friends throughout this painful and sad time.”