It is with a sad and heavy heart that we have to announce the loss of our most admired and favourite character:-
Derek John Lawton
21st December 1931 – 28th November 2019
On the 28th of November we lost one of our Superstars.
Derek had a major heart attack on the morning at his home in Blackpool.
He was 88 years young and had made a massive impression on everyone who got to know him.
A true Gentleman and inspired everyone who he met. Derek was a human metronome when he rode his bike, and would set off at an incredible pace that he would comfortably maintain all day. It was a major task for any of our Support riders to stay with Derek and try to support him!!
Even with the spare kit that he would carry in his saddle bag, from two puncture repair kits to a 6Kg bag of Porridge. Just in case!!
On our very challenging charity cycle event The Three Hills of the Edge, Derek set the second fastest time on the very steep two mile hill climb, and his time still stands today.
Derek was awarded with the Coeur de Lyon (Brave Heart award) for his efforts and was very disappointed when the following year had to loan the Trophy to one of his fellow riders.
Next year’s event will have the Hill Climb part of the charity ride dedicated to Derek (Derek Lawton Hillclimb)
Derek you will be missed, but you’re inspiring and humorous stories will be told for many years to come.
Simon Lord Chairman Trustee EMpowered People
Derek on the EMpowered People Manx Magic July 2019