Sad News - Windmiler Michael Hawkes died last week

We are sad to announce the recent death of Michael Hawkes. 

Formerly a member of Hercules Wimbledon, Michael joined Wimbledon Windmilers as second claim with his Wife Pauline in 1986.  A prolific marathon runner he completed 60 marathons in 20 years between 1979-1999.  In the same period Michael complete 110 half marathons, 75 10 mile races and ran the South London Harriers 30 miler (no longer in existence) at least 3 times.  He competed in the first 7 London Marathons and his proudest running moment was achieving a personal best at the Harlow marathon of 3 hours 15 minutes.   Michael truly enjoyed the loneliness of the long distance runner, but also participated in the many Windmiler social events when the Club was small enough for these to be hosted at members’ homes.  On the occasions when fancy dress was the required attire, Michael was not shy to participate, dressing as a school boy, hippie, clown, Sid Vicious and on one occasion even as a fairy.  When his Wife was Social Secretary, she often made Michael don a long red coat and white beard to play Father Christmas and hand out presents at the Windmilers Xmas dinner dance.  Michael was a keen writing and wrote many articles for early editions of the Waffle, including a race report for every event that he entered.  Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his late fifties, Michael stopped running shortly after his 60th Birthday.  Cared for at home by his loving Wife Pauline until early 2011, Michael died peacefully in a nursing home on 20th September 2011 with his family beside him.

Funeral arrangements:

Friday 30th September 2011 at 1.30pm

North East Surrey Crematorium
Lower Morden Lane

And after from 2.30pm at

The Morden Brook (formerly The Beverly)
Lower Morden Lane