It is with deep sadness that we learned that Dawn finally succumbed in
her determined battle against cancer on Sunday 4th October
2015. Our thoughts are with John, Kerry,
Esme & Guy and Dawn's wider family at this sorrowful time.
She joined the club in 2001 bringing with her a lively mind, a sharp
sense of humour and a love of running, quickly immersing herself in the range
of running & social activities on offer.
She was appointed Club Secretary in 2005, a position which she
diligently served until the onset of her illness in late 2013.
In her period of office she initiated & oversaw a number of
innovations including: the establishment & maintenance of the Mel's Milers
website, the introduction of the club logo & an update of the club running
colours, Mel's Milers affiliation to UK Athletics, to the Sussex Athletics
Network & to the Sussex Grand Prix.
Dawn was appointed Secretary of Sussex Athletics Network in 2009 &
whilst carrying out that important function for track, field & road running
across Sussex, she quietly raised the profile of Mel's Milers among the Sussex
Dawn also played a key role in the organisation of Mel's Milers annual
10k, including the procurement of sponsorship, designing & sourcing medals
& prizes, maintaining entrants databases & publishing results, not to
mention course measurement and signage location. On race day itself Dawn always assumed responsibility for the
management of Timing & the Finish teams.
Dawn was a keenly competitive Club endurance runner over distances from
5k to Marathon across all types of terrain, both solo & as part of a relay
team, winning awards at gender as well as age group categories. Latterly she competed in Duathlons, Super
Sprint & Sprint Triathlons with a similar degree of success. She also devised quirky & entertaining
running events to mark special occasions such as the 2012 London Olympics &
the Queen's Jubilee
There is a strong social element to Mel's Milers Jogging Club &
Dawn immersed herself in the organisation of the annual trips to (mainly)
European city destinations to compete in half marathon events. These have now become an established feature
in the MM calendar. She also assisted in
the organisation of the Club Summer & Christmas parties.
Whilst Dawn was forced to reduce her activity with the Club following
her diagnosis, this did not deter in any way her interest in the Club's
activities, her contact with friends or her involvement with the 10k.
Dawn gave freely to Mel's Milers of her time, her sense of humour &
herself. That endowment will be fondly remembered by her friends &