Peter Fawkes writes:
You may well know that Marion is currently President of Yorkshire Walking Club as well as being a life member of that Club and North Shields Poly. Marion’s name was put forward by the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (for outstanding services and performances to women’s race walking) to attend a Queens’ Garden Party event just before Covid hit and of course, it was cancelled. We thought that was the end of it but in May, she received another invite and we attended a Garden Party on 25th May 2022. It’s taken over 40 years to be recognised but good all the same.
Indeed and so say of all of us at the Lancashire Walking Club. Heartfelt congratulations!
AND FOR THE RECORD
1979 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, September 29-30, Eschborn, FDR
Women 5,000 metres [held for the first time]
- Marion Fawkes GB 22:51 [World Best]
- Carol Tyson GB 22:59
- Thorill Gylder Norway 23:08
Great Britain 85 pts
Sweden 74 pts
Norway 69 pts
See this in our series of Reminiscences
REMINISCENCES 5 – MARION FAWKES, A LEGEND AND PETER, HER HUSBAND, NOT HALF BAD HIMSELF!
A brilliant walker. Pure talent. I was there in 79 and I had my first international with her in 77 at Barcelona. It brings back a flood of magic memory’s. Respect.