Hammer coach Bertram dies - aged 76

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Borders-based Alan Bertram MBE, coach to both of the 2002 Commonwealth Games hammer gold medallists, died last week at the age of 76.

The Northumberland-born coach had been involved in the event for more than 50 years and adopted a proactive approach that saw him work with numerous hammer champions.

A former chief inspector at the Metropolitan Police, Bertram established hammer schools in West London and in Scotland, which continue to produce top throwers.

In 2003 Bertram moved up to Newtown St Boswells and set up his Border Reivers Hammer Academy, which struggled to attract members over the four years it ran.

“All the athletes built for hammer throwing are netted by the rugby clubs here,” Bertram told The Southern at the time.