Worsthorne photographer will be sadly missed

Peter Hartley

Peter Hartley

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A talented photographer and keen runner has died, surrounded by his devoted family.

Worsthorne man Peter Michael Hartley (66) will be remembered throughout Burnley and Pendle for his thirst for adventure and living life to the full.

He was a superb mountaineer, a strong climber and navigator, and a highly successful fell runner winning the Karrimor Mountain Marathon, Fellsman Hike and High Peak Marathon.

He leaves partner Denise, mother Freda, children Claire and Michael, Denise’s sons Robert and Richard, grandson Benjamin and son-in-laws Jonathan and Grant. In 1981 he competed in the first London Marathon. Mr Hartley also once finished fourth in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Race, ascended and descended Ben Nevis in under 100 minutes.

A tireless traveller, he also climbed the Matterhorn, went to the Everest Mountain Marathon and cycled around Morocco, India, the Pyrennes and Turkey.

Denise said: “Peter was probably best known for his amazing photographs which allowed him to return to the hills to capture upland landscapes with people in them – the runner’s eye view.

“His images have appeared in publications locally, nationally and internationally and his photographs of fell runners and mountain runners are recognised around the world. His photographs will stand as a lasting memory to all who knew him.” A service of thanksgiving for Peter’s life will be held in St John the Evangelist Church, Gorple Road, Worsthorne, at 2pm on Monday before committal at Burnley Crematorium.

Donations in his memory can be made to Pendleside Hospice, Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue and Salcombe RNLI.

Peter was very proud of Robert and Richard who are on the crew of Salcombe RNLI, and had been a previous volunteer for the mountain rescue team.

You can make your donation via www.champfunerals.com/obituaries