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The 1989 Blackpool 48 Hour Race

Ultrarunning Legends Richard Brown on the left with Kouros and Malcolm Canpbell on the right. Photo courtesy of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team Ultrarunning Legends Richard Brown on the left with Kouros and Malcolm Canpbell on the right. Photo courtesy of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team

The last 48 hour race to take place in the UK was at Blackpool on the 8th July 1989. Richard Brown who will be running in the 6 day race this year won that event with just over 350 km. Richard holds the GBR 48 hour record with 401.210km which he set at Surgeres in 1991.

There was also a 48 hour race in 1988 in Blackpool where Hilary Walker ran 366.512km to set the current womens GBR track record.

The DUV lists three 48 hour races that have taken place in the UK with the first being the 48Hr Track Race in Gloucester in 1983 and the results show, if that is indeed the sum total of 48 hour races to be held in the UK, that there have been 42 people who have taken part in these events. Opportunity for age group records abounds.

These were the results of the 1989 race which can be found with more detail on the DUV website

Rank Nat. YOB Surname, first name M/F Performance
1 GBR 1946 Brown, Richard M
350.188 km
2 TUR 1948 Meric, Sükrü M
340.648 km
3 GER 1936 Marquardt, Friedrich-Wilhelm M
333.406 km
4 GBR 1943 Covell, Jeffrey M
312.944 km
5 GER 1933 Vollmerhausen, Christel F
305.798 km
6 GBR 1949 Brown, Sandra F
292.296 km
7 GBR Lea, Peter M
283.750 km
8 GBR 1938 Ives, Graham M
273.679 km
9 GBR 1947 Hamson, Peter M
264.269 km
10 GBR 1952 Knight, Tony M
260.594 km
11 IRL 1950 Emmott, Brian M
229.525 km
12 GBR 1953 Hodson, Peter M
142.426 km
13 USA 1958 Olivera, Michael M 126.735 km

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