Soldier killed in Iraq accident

A FORMER Royston Runner has died in a cycling accident while serving with the Army in Iraq. Major Nick Bateson, who had been based at Bassingbourn Barracks 15 years ago, died last week in an accident involving a coach outside Basra Air Station. The Kent-

A FORMER Royston Runner has died in a cycling accident while serving with the Army in Iraq.

Major Nick Bateson, who had been based at Bassingbourn Barracks 15 years ago, died last week in an accident involving a coach outside Basra Air Station.

The Kent-born officer died from his injuries in hospital.

He had been in Iraq for only three months, where he had been supporting communications between the UK and Iraq-based British forces.

As a keen sportsman, Major Bateson had represented the Army in the triathlon, orienteering, and at swimming.

Former Royston Runner Geoff Jones, who ran with Major Bateson said: "He was a great guy and very good runner.

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"He was always enthusiastic and committed to his sport.

"Our thoughts go out to his family.

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