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The North of England’s first national champions of the 19th Century

Amateur athletics rapidly developed in the second half of the 19th Century in the North of England as factory-workers and the emerging middle classes sought respite on their Saturday afternoons off from their jobs in the throes of the Industrial Revolution. Cross-country running gained enormously in popularity from the 1870s onwards, though by then it […]

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“Herkers”: stalwart of the high jump and hammer and a discus international at 43

British field-events athletes were of no great consequence in the 1920s and 1930s, with the notable exceptions of the Liverpool high jumper, Benjamin Howard Baker, and the Cambridge University hammer-thrower, Malcolm Nokes. Even so, one of their contemporaries who was never quite of international class but nevertheless enjoyed a remarkably long competitive career – and, […]

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Northern Men Triumphant at Abbey Dash

In near perfect conditions for a 10k road race, the Leeds Abbey Dash with a highly stacked elite field again proved to be the UK’s premier 10k with 52 men running under 31 minutes for first time in around 20 years. This year saw a competitive International race, which involved England, Scotland and Wales come […]

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