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Edward Sawkins


It is with regret we have to 1950s/60s often competing in
report the passing of our long the sprints and long jump due
time member Ted Sawkins to a dearth of hurdle races.
who died in January just three A regular competitor in
months short of his 80th the Surrey 120H and 440H
birthday. Championships and frequently
Ted joined the Club in July placed in the former and
1948 soon after leaving winning the latter in 1958. It
school, having represented was around this period that
Surrey in the English Schools he reached the final of the
Championships. Success came Southern Championships, Ted (far side) winning for
in September 1950 when he represented the AAAs and Croydon v Manchester 1957
won the Junior 120yds Hurdles competed in the AAAs
in the London Championships. Championships. and coaching to some of the
It was at the AAA Junior In 1960 he demonstrated local athletes.
Championships the following his versatility when as a With a pleasant and affable
year in Birmingham that novice oarsman he joined the manner he was a popular
he gave one of his finest Blackheath crew for the annual member of the track team,
performances clocking 14.9secs rowing match against South having a good relationship
for the 120yds Hurdles beating London and Ranelagh Harriers, with other athletes and a good
the existing Championship the following year he took rapport with any audience he
record by 0.2secs that would over as stroke, a position he was coaching or teaching.
have won the event in any occupied for a number of years.
previous year. However such An electrical engineer by He and Eleanor, who passed
was the standard that year profession he attended away some 20 years ago,
he did not make the final. Garnett College before developed a wide circle of
For this performance he was taking up a post at Carshalton friends from the surrounding
awarded a Junior Honours Technical Institute, it was area many from the church
Badge. While still a junior during his time at Garnett they were involved with. There
was a large congregation at
he showed versatility in the that he met his future wife,
variety of events he competed Eleanor Robinson, marrying the funeral held at Willerby
Methodist Church that
in, a feature that was to prevail in 1964. They subsequently included his erstwhile training
throughout his career. became regular attendees at companion PP Peter Baigent
After completing his National Club social functions. and Joyce together with a
Service, which included some After being awarded a degree number of local athletes he
athletic competition, he came at Surrey University in 1969 had advised over the years. We
under the influence of Franz he obtained a lecturer s post at extend our condolences to son
Stampfl on Friday evenings at Hull Technical College, hence and daughter John and Rachel
Duke of York s HQ Chelsea becoming an infrequent visitor together with daughter-in-law
and Saturday afternoon to the Club. Although giving Morag and grandsons Andrew
at Battersea Park Track. up competing, old habits die and Peter.
Becoming a regular member hard and he continued to train
of the track team in the at the local track giving advice Peter Baigent
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