As some members may already be aware, we lost a popular club member and a good friend several weeks ago when Mark Brown very sadly passed away after a period of illness following a stroke some months ago.
Known to many in the club, Mark was introduced to cycling largely through his association with the Hargrave and Churchman families when he married his wife Sally. A committed club cyclist, Mark was also an enthusiastic rider against the clock, competing regularly in time trials of varying distances, but equally enjoying the more leisurely pace and social aspect of Majorca riding holidays with OCC club mates and extended family.
In more recent years, Mark was delighted and proud to accompany his two sons as they also began to show an interest in cycling, Aaron riding with his dad on their own rides and at the OCC Brownlee youth sessions and Thomas with the Flyers (in which Mark was a designated ride leader) and subsequently the Race Team. Thomas and Mark are pictured below on Thomas’ first 100-mile ride. This was a charity event organised by Mark’s sister-in-law that has become an annual fixture and will carry particular resonance this year, with numerous club members already having their names down to ride in Mark’s memory – more details to follow.
Mark was a great lad, a cracking club rider and a wonderful husband and father whose grit and determination in the face of his illness were very much a mark of the man. Just as happy walking with his family and their dog as on two wheels, Mark was a family man through and through, an absolute gentleman and a fantastic example to his boys.
Mark will be sorely missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him and his family will be very much in the thoughts of all members of the club and beyond.
Chapeau, and rest in peace Mark.