Ex Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil (27) dies in Hong Kong triathlon

Daniel Bagshaw
Daniel Bagshaw

A FORMER pupil of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School has died in the Far East while competing in a triathlon.

Daniel Bagshaw, who was just 27, collapsed near the finish line of the International Triathlon Union Asian Cup in Lantau, Hong Kong.

Daniel, whose nickname was “Baggy”, studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University. He then secured a post with international law firm Linklaters and completed his training at the firm’s Hong Kong office before, once fully qualified, taking up the position of an associate corporate lawyer.

His girlfriend, Julia, is also an associate corporate lawyer with Linklaters in Hong Kong.

Daniel is said to have collapsed after completing the swimming and cycling parts of the triathlon. Hundreds of competitors entered the annual event, which involved a 1.5 kilometre swim, a 40 kilometre bike ride and 10 kilometre run.

An inquest into Daniel’s death was opened and adjourned in Blackburn by coroner Michael Singleton last Thursday.

A spokesman for Linklaters said staff at the firm were “shocked and saddened” at the news.

“We can confirm that Daniel Bagshaw, an associate in our Hong Kong office, tragically passed away during the HK triathlon on October 14th,” said the spokesman.

“Dan was a highly talented individual who excelled at all he did, both in and outside the office, and had a terrific future ahead of him.

“He was a hugely popular member of our community at Linklaters and we are all shocked and saddened at his loss.”

Daniel was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Peter and Shelagh Bagshaw, who ran a fish and chip shop in Accrington for 25 years and this January moved to Riverlea Gardens, Clitheroe. Daniel has two older brothers, Ian and Gary. His funeral service will be held at Clitheroe Parish Church next Thursday, November 8th, at noon followed by burial at Clitheroe Cemetery.

Daniel’s mum, Shelagh, said: “The family would like to thank Linklaters for their unstinting help and concern for our family at this devastating time.”

She added that the family hoped to set up a foundation in Daniel’s memory to help other bright students achieve their potential, like her son did.

The family hopes the foundation will help students with any guidance, mentoring or extra tuition they may need.

Judith Child, headteacher at CRGS, said: “Daniel was one of the best; he was intelligent, achieved brilliant exam results and a degree from Oxford, but, perhaps more importantly, was also a delight to teach according to the staff who were lucky enough to do so in the years he attended the school (1997-2004).

“He won the Evelyn Garnett Award for his GCSE results and gained top grades in his A-levels before going on to New College, Oxford. He also participated in many extra-curricular activities and played in the school football team. He participated in a number of school visits, possibly the one he most enjoyed being the sixth form politics trip to New York and Washington. He put his all into everything he did and was reliable, helpful and thoughtful. If you were feeling down Daniel could be relied upon to make you smile and feel better. ”