28 April 2021
from Centurion 849 Chris Flint
I attended the memorial service for Ann at The Wharf, Teddington, suitably held on a pontoon and her ashes were scattered into the River Thames, a nice link with her rowing career. I said a few words on behalf of The Centurions and told a few anecdotes to the small gathering of 15 (the largest number permitted). Gail and John Elrik were also present as representatives of the Long Distance Walkers Association. It was a nice service followed by tea and cakes in the open which was a bit chilly but in a lovely Springtime setting.
Ann’s relatives have sorted a lot of Ann’s papers and today gave me for safe keeping her Continental Centurions medal and a small trophy as shown in the attached photo. They also have a large collection of Race Walking Records going back to the 1970’s. Would anyone be interested in having them? Ann's relatives have stated they would be keen for old editions of Race Walking Record to be handed over to someone interested in race walking.
Thought you would like to know about the service and our thoughts are very much of Ann’s extraordinary athletic career and her kindness towards everyone. Her MBE was richly deserved.