Old marathon results

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31/03/2005 at 21:44
Is there anywhere I kind find old marathon results,I ran in the first 3 Manchester and Stockport marathons in the early eighties but can't remember my times(Didn't get the medals engraved)
Just started running again after 20 odd years and just wanted to compare times.
Any help or advice would be appreciated.
31/03/2005 at 22:24
If you e-mail me I may be able to help. Neil Shuttleworth has written a book (with Ron Hill) called Manchester Marathons, which included Stockport maras. Whilst it does not have full results I probably have Neil's address, or that of a guy called Hamish Thomson who is both a Stockport Harrier and a contributor to the book.

Incidentally, I doubt if you ran the frst three Manchester marathons: the first was in 1908! In the "modern" era there was the maxol series in the early 70s, followed by the 80s revival, with the 1981 to 1985 series, often known as the Picadilly marathon.

Standards were high: Steve kenyon ran 2:11, and 2:40 did not always guarantee a place in the top 100.

The Stockport(or Daffodil) Marathon was a much tougher proposition, both because of the course, and early April weather.
31/03/2005 at 22:37
Sorry yes I ran in the Piccadilly marathons 81~84 and the Daffodil 81~83
I remember running it on the day my niece was born which funnily enough is this Saturday comimg up,she's 22 on Sat.
15/08/2012 at 18:49

If you're still logging on here and still running and are still after the results (unlikely after 7 years) I think i have the Stockport 1983 results somewhere, which I ran when I was 17.

15/08/2012 at 21:47

shame the stockport marathon is still not held

13/08/2013 at 09:39

I have the 1982 results!

06/04/2014 at 16:11

I ran the 1982 Piccadilly Marathon, it would be great t get the results if M Cortvriend has them, I have always estimated my time from memory. I ran the 2014 Manchester marathon today, 32 years later, ran about 20 minutes faster I think!! 

29/06/2014 at 09:08
Hi is it possible for one of you guys to look up my time and position in the Stockport marathon? I think it was 82 or 83 also I did the Piccadilly in 81. It would be much appreciated. My name is ralph casson I ran for Stockport harriers.
29/06/2014 at 13:24

Hi Ralph

My results are sitting in a container somewhere and I won't be able to get to them for a year or so. As soon as I can I'll look up your name to see if it's there. I do recall that the winner was from the USA. I also ran Piccadilly in '82 and the Bolton Pony Marathon (up Plodder Lane!) in either '81 or '82 but I don't have those results - can anyone else help. (Just out of curiosity you know!)


29/06/2014 at 18:05
Hi thanks for the response I'll keep looking in the mean time thanks.
29/06/2014 at 21:13

I guess looking through local newspaper archives might be a way of finding out some old race results. 

17/03/2015 at 22:34

I do not know if anyone is still interested in this thread or reads it, but I have the full Piccadilly Radio Charity Marathon results for 1982,1983 and 1984, as I ran it in 1982 and 1983.

If Jonah8 and Chris Ashcroft could give me as much detail as possible (full names, club if any and rough finishing time), I would be happy to look it up for them and post it here.


Edited: 17/03/2015 at 22:37
27/03/2015 at 10:36

Graham Stirling- I ran it in 1984 as Val Lloyd for Stretford A.C.. I think my time was 3.21. Can you confirm and tell me my position as well? 

28/03/2015 at 13:49

Hi Val


Many thanks for your message. I have taken a look at the results through a magnifying glass (the computerised print used in those days is so small that nowadays, this is an absolute necessity for me !), and can see that your position and finishing time was as follows :

12th position in Ladies Race - 3 hours 21 minutes 16 seconds

That is a time I would have been delighted with and of course, in our day, there were no such things as chips in the shoes to record your actual time for the distance - all you had was the clock time. I remember in 1983 looking at the clock as I passed the start line and seeing that 3 mins and 16 secs had already gone by, so I knocked this off my clock time at the end to give me my true running time for the distance (3hrs 48 mins 18secs), which I was very happy with. Unfortunately for me, I broke my foot and ran most of the race with a stress fracture (it went numb so I could not feel it), and it was only the next day after a visit to the hospital that I discovered the extent of my injury (I left on crutches).

I have very happy memories of those days when we were members of Swinton Jog Fit Club, which still exists to this today, but knee trouble eventually took its toll and I had to retire from the sport at the end of 1984. The atmosphere at the races we entered was always very good and two tough races that will always stand out in my memory were the Otter High Peak Half Marathon at Buxton (ran it in 1983 and 1984) and the Middleton Moonraker Half Marathon (ran it in 1982 and 1984) - fantastic scenery at Buxton and a real sense of achievement at completing the course, and  great organisation at Middleton over another hilly course in July.

Those were great days and I feel very lucky to have been a part of them.




12/04/2015 at 22:55

Graham Stirling  I ran it in 1984   0846 colin mchugo  Think around 4 30 4. 45. Be nice to know the true time.  Many Thanks

22/04/2015 at 16:40

thanks for the results Graham. Maybe  I was even faster that year then? I was First Lady in one of your races....the Swinton 6 in 1984. What happened to that race? I remember doing the Moonraker Half as part of my training for the 1985 marathon......tough course....

26/04/2015 at 18:15

Hi graham,

my son is at manchester met and wants to run the manchester marathon next year. He wants to beat the time I did in 1983. I was a student at salford university and I stayed on in the halls of residence after everyone had broke up for the summer to wait for the manchester marathon. my name is john kalka and I think I did around 3:45. It would be great if you could check so that I could set my son an accurate time to beat. Many thanks,


29/04/2015 at 19:44
Hi this is for Graham striking. I believe you have the results of a these marathons Is there any chance you could look up my times and finishing position please. I did Piccadilly in 1982 and Stockport either the year before or after. Medal was not engraved unfortunately. Any help greatly appreciated. Could you email me its ralphcasson@sky.com.

29/04/2015 at 19:45
That should have said graham stirling.
05/06/2015 at 19:40

Graham Stirling, I ran it in 1982 and I think my time was around 4 hrs 11 minutes. No other info I don't think as I wasn't a club member. I did it as a late decision to join house-mate Steve Rice who did it in about 3 hours! I did about 5 weeks training for it and only ran 11 miles as the longest run before the race! I was a top hockey player at the time and was used to short training bursts rather than proper distance running, needless to say I was going well until 18 miles, after that disaster!

My email is chrisjashcroft@btinternet.com

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