Bartle: boundless enthusiasm
Jamie Bartle, Performance Bikes assistant editor, was involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle on the morning of 29 November, near his home in Stamford, Leicestershire.
Bartle was 31 and no other vehicles were involved.
As an English student at the University of Sheffield, Bartle had his first taste of journalism, writing features for the students’ newspaper Darts. On graduating he spent a short period with the Cambridge Evening News before accepting a customer services position with a company closer to his home and family in West Sussex.
However, by 1997 he had won a scholarship with the West Sussex County Times as a graduate trainee reporter, thus returning to the journalistic fold. Operating in a wide variety of editorial roles, his rise within the paper was described by many superiors as meteoric. But Jamie Bartle’s talents didn’t just extend to his professional career.
As he was busy editing the news pages, the sports desk would frequently be occupied with his exploits as a leading player for the Horsham Rugby Club.
On leaving the County Times at the end of 2002, Bartle had been cub reporter, sub-editor, motoring editor and, finally, news editor.
It was his high editorial standards, boundless enthusiasm and winning character that won him the job of production editor at national monthly magazine Performance Bikes .
After a year, his editorial skills had earned him a promotion to assistant editor and cemented his position in the magazine’s hall-of-fame.
As a natural leader and adventurer, he travelled across Europe many times, both for pleasure and for his writing. Always a very safe and confident motorcyclist, he was as comfortable leading his friends through the Alps as he was lapping a Grand Prix circuit.
Jamie’s death leaves behind his girlfriend Charlie, sister Vicky and parents Malcolm and Sue.