Marion Fawkes

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Club:North Shields Poly
Age Group:V65
County:North East
Region:North East
Lead Coach:Charley Fogg

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• Participated in athletics both as a competitor and official since 1968. • Northumberland & Durham senior women County champion at hurdles, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, cross country and race walking during the 1970s.. • Northern England, Inter Counties and National senior women champion at race walking. • First European Economic Community champion at race walking (1979). • Open race walking champion in numerous European countries at race walking (Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France). • First ever English race walking representative in full international. • First ever Great Britain race walking representative in full international. • First ever official world race walking champion – Eschborn 1979 where she broke the world 5k record and led Great Britain to team gold. • Between 1976 and 1979, broke 23 UK, 7 European and 4 World records. • Life member of North Shields Polytechnic. • Emigrated to Australia in 1983. • Geraldton road running and cross country champion between 1986 and 1990. • Australian Mid-West senior women champion at half-marathon in 1989. • Australian veteran race walking champion at 5000m (state record) & 10000m (world masters record) in 1989. • Founder member of Geraldton Harriers. • Returned to Great Britain in 1992. • Coached young athletes and athletic coaches in the skills of race walking. • Still competing for Redcar race walking club. • Civil Service sports personality of the year 1976. • Northern England sports personality of the year in 1978. • Geraldton (Western Australia) sports personality runner up in 1989. Marion’s achievements are unsurpassed in women’s race walking. She is widely regarded as a legend throughout the world and she is still ranked 1st in Great Britain through the Watman scale rankings 32 years after first achieving that ranking. She never got the chance to compete in the major championships such as the Olympics, European or Commonwealth Games as race walking was not included during the time she dominated the sport. However, she can lay claim to raising the standards so high that women's race walking could no longer be overlooked by the IAAF and it is largely through her efforts that the sport now enjoys parity with other athletic events in these Games. Marion stood a mere 4’ 11” high and weighed only 6 stone yet dominated a sport usually populated with tall people. She never had sponsorship and was not supported, either medically, nutritionally or financially throughout her career. She regularly had to travel from her home in the North East by car to the Midlands and London just to compete and did this whilst holding down a demanding full time Civil Service post.

Best known performances

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1979 2008 2013

2013 V60 North Shields Poly
10KW71:2182SheffieldJeff Ford Open21 Apr 13
2008 V55 North Shields Poly
ZWK59:1391MoultonMoulton Community Walks14 Jun 08
1979 SEN North Shields Poly
3000W13:46.3+mOstersund, SWEvSWE,NOR-500030 Jun 79
5000W23:19.22Ostersund, SWEvSWE,NOR30 Jun 79
10000W48:11.41Harnosand, SWENordC8 Jul 79
5KW22:511Eschborn, GERWP29 Sep 79
10KW49:181Grand-Quevilly, FRAComMark2 Jun 79
Total Performances: 7
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