Great results for British athletes in the Rio Olympics but one non medal winner also deserves praise for his performance.
Callum Hawkins, age 24, from Scotland ran in the marathon on the final day. until the last 15Km he was always in the leading group and frequently leading with th World and Olympic champions running alongside him. As usual one of the BBC commentators was critical of him being in that position but he was thw first British athlete for more than 20 years to challenge the world's best.
He finished 9th in 2:11.52 just 3 minutes behind th winner.
He can only improve, well done Callum.
Reading Half Marathon 2016 had the smallest number of finishers for six years, a slow winning time and only one wheelchair athlete in an event that was the first to introduce them to road running events. See separate Half Marathon page for some details
Life on the Run' has now been updated with another chapter on life since the publication and is now available as an eBook on Amazon and others from £5.95.
The Late Jimmy Hill, Eric Morley (Miss World) and StanEldon
The autobiography by Stan Eldon 'Life on the Run' publisher by Arthur H Stockwell tells his life story which has had 'running connections' since the age of 12 as a schoolboy in Windsor. Various careers and activities, police, event organiser including setting up the Reading Half Marathon, charity administrator and newspaper columnist.
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Signed copies of 'Life on the Run' available from the author at just £9 (normal price £17.95) including P & P
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A Book for Runners written by Stan Eldon a runner with 60 years experience at all levels from World Class to Fun and Charity Runs
The Case bound book was published by A.H.Stockwell Ltd in 2002 and has over years been reviewed in newspapers and magazines including the specialist athletics press in this country and overseas.
Ahtletics Weekly ".. in the book the former International Cross Coutry winner (1958) provides a good red not only for those who ran with him, butb also for the many athletic fans who like a bit of controversy. Sprinkled with anecdotes, the book recalls the difficuties getting into Moscow airport for an international match, another is the claim by Gordon Pirie that 'Stan Eldon' cheats- he runs too fast at the start."
Runner's World " Stan Eldon's 53 year old running career makes for a surprisingly good read.Eldon was one of Britain's top distance runners winning the International Cross Country title (the forerunner of the World Championship) in 1958. Her was in the police force, and became popular in the oress as the 'galloping cop'. He was also a track runner of note, setting British records at 6 mikes and 10,000 metres."
Comments from readers of the book.............
"...as I am only a few years younger than yourself, I can relate to your early years of life.........."
"....It really is an interesting production and to list all the best bits would take a whole book."
"....you will be joining such interesting signees as Ayrton Senna, Kerry Dixon, Barbara Windsor and Steve Redgrave. Would you like me to put you next to Barbara Windsor?"
Newspaper reviews have included the Reading Evening Post under the banner Eldon’s Marathon Effort is a Good Read -
" The copper on the beat also became a highly successful international athlete...."
The Foreword for the book was written by Len Runyard the former secretary of Windsor Slough and Eton AC from its early days as Eton AC when Stan Eldon joined the club.