Hugh Condry, one of the leading point-to-point journalists of his generation, has died at the age of 88. He had been unwell for some time. I had the pleasure of working for Hugh for many years. He was in fact my earliest mentor when I started in point-to-point journalism in the late 1960’s.

A true gentleman, patient and courteous to one and all, Hugh’s writing was always of the highest standard.

He retired in 2011 after reporting on the sport for more than half a century, firstly with Horse & Hound, where he worked for over 30 years, 14 of which were spent as deputy editor. In 2005 he received the Committee award, presented annually at the National Point-to-Point Dinner, for services to the sport.

He later covered point-to-pointing for the Racing Post Weekender and the Daily Telegraph. In later years he was often to be seen at many meetings in the Devon & Cornwall area.

Hugh moved to Dulverton in 2003 with his second wife Sue, whom he married in 1998. He is survived by Sue and his two daughters, Kate and Judith, from his first marriage to Audrey, who died in 1995.

A service of thanksgiving is to be held at 2pm on Wednesday March 18th at Dulverton parish church

NOTE: Sue Condry has advised that the thanksgiving service for her late husband Hugh originally scheduled for March 18th at Dulverton church has had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.