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1945 Britain’s Victory Cycling Marathon :  Brighton to Glasgow

Race Summary Credit: Race Programme

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At the Start of Stage 2; Ron Smith (no. 32), Alex Hendry (no. 4), Ernie Clements (no. 2) and Alan Colebrook (no. 70) leaving Buckingham Palace after presenting the BLRC’s illuminated address to King George VI. The event made a splash in the national newspapers - several versions of this same photo exist. It also resulted in royal recognition for the both the race and the BLRC.

The 1945 race ran from 6 to 10-August and was organised by the BLRC (British League of Racing Cyclists). The race programme lists 99 riders and reserves but not arranged, or numbered, strictly by team. Instead the “big names” are in a seeded order, with Percy Stallard getting No.1, and the rest getting numbers in order of entry?

So far no contemporary copies of the results have turned up so have had to use info from other web sites ...

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Race Leader Ernie Clements (No 2) with Lord Mayor of London in August 1945 (Len Cocker - No 26 - is second from left but can anyone name with other riders? At least two look to be from Wolverhampton RCC and one looks to have No 49 - J Macken, Wrekin RCC?) Photo courtesy of Steve Morris

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Percy Stallard (No 1) with Miss London - Jean Kent - and Ernie Clements (No 2) in August 1945. Photo courtesy of Steve Morris

Stage

Date

Route (mainly guess work!)

1st

Time

2nd

3rd

1

6-Aug-1945

Brighton - London (52 miles)

Ernie A Clements

2:17:52

Robert Batot

Marcel Waterschoet

2

7-Aug-1945

London - Wolverhampton (119 miles)

Geoff Clark

5:24:35

Dennis L Jaggard

Robert Poussel

3

8-Aug-1945

Wolverhampton - Bradford (98 miles)

Alex Hendry

5:11:37

Ernie A Clements

Karl Bloomfield

4

9-Aug-1945

Bradford - Newcastle upon Tyne (103 miles)

Charles Van Lerberghe

5:09:37

Ron R Baker

Jack A Williams

5

10-Aug-1945

Newcastle upon Tyne - Glasgow (146 miles)

Robert Batot

7:38:25

Jean Lauck

Marcel Waterschoet

Final General Classification

Pos.

Rider

Time

1

Robert Batot

25:27:34

2

Geoff Clark

at 5:44

3

Dennis L Jaggard

at 6:21

4

Charles Van Lerberghe

at 10:17

5

Jean Lauck

at 11:45

6

Marcel Waterschoet

at 18:26

7

George Edwards

at 18:26

8

Henry Nelc

at 20:29

9

Robert Poussel

at 23:08

10

Jack G C Taylor

at 30:03

11

Vic Humphrey

at 32:51

12

Jack A Williams

at 38:47

13

Norman Taylor

at 41:55

14

Kenneth Taylor

at 42:45

15

Percy Stallard

at 49:54

16

Ron R Baker

at 51:48

17

A S Pearson

at 1:03:31

18

Ron Sowerby

at 1:08:59

19

Sydney Thompson

at 1:19:02

20

Charlie Owen

at 1:52:46

21

Maleels Osten

at 2:07:05

22

Walter Greaves

at 2:07:27

23

Sydney Aldridge

at 2:19:20

24

Walter Summers

at 2:20:38

25

Stewart Montgomery

at 2:21:48

26

Morris Gough

at 2:39:09

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