Sad news

We have recently heard the sad news that 2 long-standing Windmilers (Helen Furze (Perkins) and John Pollard) have passed away recently. Our thoughts are with their family and friends.


John Pollard, a long-time Windmiler, sadly not in the best of health in recent years died last week. He was 85.

John's funeral has already taken place and details of Helen's funeral are given in the attachment below. You need to be logged in to see attachment and so direct link is

Debbie Hawkes has submitted the following tribute to Helen:

Helen Furze (nee Perkins)                                                                                             Helen at 2007 London Marathon

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Helen’s death on Tuesday 19th November 2013.  A Windmiler since the 1990s Helen was a regular member and point scorer for the Ladies Cross Country Team and represented the Club in all distances.  In 1998 and together with Marylyn Clark and Polly Rodgers-Dixon, Helen won the ladies team silver medal at the London Marathon,  the prize money for which the Club used to fund the Windmiler (Running) Performance of the Year trophy that is still part of the Club’s award ceremony today.

Helen was a medal winning dancer as a young girl, but running became her passion and stress buster from the hectic environment of the recruitment industry in which she worked.  In fact Helen took part in a television programme in the summer of 1999 about the activities people do to cope with the pressures and demands of working life in London.    She wrote an article for the Waffle about her 6 hours of filming for the programme.  She said:

‘I find happiness every time I put on my running shoes and head for the beckoning freedom of Wimbledon Common’.

Helen met her husband Neil on a Windmilers Club La Santa, Lanzarote holiday in 1999.  He was there with the Striders of Croydon and the two married in June 2002.  Helen adopted Striders firstly as second claim and in later years as first claim, but never lost the fondness she had for the Windmilers.  Helen even had a spell running with the Epsom Oddballs when she moved to Epsom.

Helen’s running accomplishments were many and of most and recent note she was the 2011 Surrey Champion for 10 miles in both V35 and V40 categories.

Until very recently, for the past 10 years, Helen ran her own successful recruitment business in Wimbledon.   

For the past 15 months Helen has fought a courageous battle against cancer with the strength and determination she applied to everything she did.  A warm, friendly, thoughtful person Helen will be missed by her loving husband Neil, two small children Oliver 9, Keira 4 and all the family and friends whose life she touched.

A fuller tribute to Helen will follow in the next Waffle.

Debbie Hawkes

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