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B&BHAC & the London Marathon - more info here too... and on the early London's (1981-1999)

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The 40th London Marathon should have been on 26 April, but it's now moved to 4 October 2020, so why don't we reminisce on our Past London's... preferably with un-published photos

Please send me any photos, soonest


From Daily Mirror 1981 - Roy Savery leads Mike Peel

We had 18 in the top 650 finishers of the first London Marathon in 1981 and 13 of those are still members, and 7 of those are now Past Presidents.


Marion Turner and Bob Cliff, Mike Williams & Brian Swift

Dick Griffin has just found this one from 1998

Some more via Chris Haines


John Baldwin                                          Tim Soutar


Bob Cliff


Chris leading Pete Shepheard and Graham Martin

Colin & Shirley Poole

 

Adrian Stocks


"I've only got one photo from my first marathon in 2006. I'd just lost my mum and ran for the British Lung Foundation charity and got the running bug from there. West Ham played in the FA cup semi final that day hence the 'fancy dress'. It rained towards the end and the numbers rubbed off my bag and it got lost, I had to sit in the cabin for an hour or so shattered, with no phone, money or keys. Happy days."

And now Chris Haines


1981                                                                1982

 
1983                                                                      1984


Pete S and Chris 1984

Chris Dale

 

Guess Who? (in black)

Bill Foster

Chris Woodcock has scanned in part of Official 1981 results - download as PDF

A few from Alex Gibbins

Tim Soutar in 1982

A few from Terri

Dave Appleton & Dave Cordell finishing the 2nd London Marathon (1982)

 

Even more from Pat Calnan

Ian Wilson in 1981


"I was 361st in 2hr 38m 41s and 11th BH!!!! I think it was approaching Tower Bridge on the way back."


I found the 1982 photo, when I was President. I was 574th in 2h 42m 52s. I think this is the fastest time by a BB
President when in post!

 

 

1984 when Alan Pickering ran 4:15:36 gun to tape - 4:11:20 actual

From Peter Rogers

From Mark Ellison and Anne Cilla

From the 21st London on 22 April 2001

Pat Calnan has been in his loft:

Dick Griffin

Helen & Joe Godsell

And now Iain Swatton

One from Ian Firla

One from Mike Cronin with Barry O'Gorman

One from Dave Beadle

These from Mike Martineau

 

First ones from Mike Salmon

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B&BHAC & the London Marathon

The 3 fastest Male B&B London times belong to Mark Steinle 2:09:17 on 14 April 2002, 2:10:46 on 22 April 2001 and 2:11:18 on16 April 2000 - yes, he got faster by the year!

The fastest Female time of 2:58:44 was set on 23 April 1989 by Janida Williams. She was/is the wife of Mike Williams an ex Blackheath man. In those days there were no Lady members of BH and Janida ran for Bromley Ladies, who, as you know, eventually merged with Blackheath Harriers to form Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC. As part of her training she used to run out with BH on Wednesday evenings 'illegally'!

In the early 1980's Blackheath had an abundance of good club standard athletes and in the first London, in 1981, we had 32 dip inside the 3 hour barrier. In 1982, 42 - 1983, 35 - 1984, 31 & 1985 23. To date we have had 383 recorded times inside 3 hours. In 2018 we only had1...

You can check out more detailed information in the Marathon Rankings section.

 


Thirty-two London Marathon Medals belonging to Mike Peel. Yes, from the first in 1981 to the 32nd in 2012.
If you want to know more about the handful of athletes that have completed ALL the London's check out  The Ever Presents

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