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1945 Britain’s Victory Cycling Marathon :  Brighton to Glasgow Part 2

Start List Credit: Race Programme and press cuttings from the time

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?

 

CLEMENTS WINS FIRST STAGE IN BLRC BRIGHTON-GLASGOW FIVE-DAY MASSED START

BrightonGlasgow1945_Stage1THE first -stage of the B.L.R.C. 500-miles five-day massed-start race from Brighton to Glasgow ended on Putney Heath, Sunday evening with a win for Ernie Clements, blonde Wrekin R.C.C. speed star, in the time for the 52 miles of 2 hrs. 17 mins. 52 secs. His win is more meritorious than the time indicates, as not only was a contrary wind a slowing factor to the field, but he was pitted against almost ail the French team, nine of whom were in the first ten over the line, the best being Marcel Waterschoot, whose fierce sprint with Clements ended with a half-wheel margin for the English boy
The race was started by the Mayor of Brighton, who insisted on shaking hands with all 99 riders, including 11 Frenchmen, and five Italians, two Belgians one Pole and one Swede. Geoff. Clark, Bradford, collided with a French rider at 10 mins. to go sustaining abrasions, for which he attended a hospital after finishing. He expected to continue. Jack Williams, West London, also "rubbed cycles” with a Frenchman (who weave much more that the British) and shed several spokes. The French contingent rode as a team, as the finishing list indicates, but our riders were still very individual in their efforts. The French also supplied the first three places in the initial hill prime. Crowds totalling many thousands lined the roads in villages and vantage points. An early estimate showed that about 50 riders would start for Wolverhampton via the City of London on Tuesday. A complete report will appear in next week's “Cycling”. The race ends in Glasgow on Friday.

Details of Stage 1:
E A Clements, Wrekin R.C.C., 2 hrs 17 mins 52 secs 1; M Waterschoot, France, half a wheel 2; R Batot, France, length, 3; R Thirlott, 2.17.53, 4; J Lauck, France, length, 5; C Van Lerberghe, France, 2.17.55, 6; Peloton: L. Duan, R Pasty, A.Lotts, France; L  A Hook, R  Baker, V Humphrey, W London R.C; etc.

 

The Finish
Crossing the finishing line at Carntyne at the end of Glasgow-Edinburgh road half a wheel ahead of the next rider Robert Batot, 24-year- old French rider, won the Newcastle to Glasgow stretch of the Brighton to Glasgow marathon road race with the time of 7 hrs. 7 mins. 25 secs. He was followed by his team mate, Jean Lauck. Next came another Frenchman, Marcel Waterschoot, who managed to cross the line a yard in front of George Edwards, Glasgow Wh. This pair were 11/4 mins. behind the first two riders and were followed 10 secs. later by Geol. Clarke, Bradford R.C.C., and D. L. Jaggard, Ealing C.C. A crowd of 5,000 surrounded the riders as they appeared and almost mobbed the winner, Robert Batot, as he handed to the Lord Provost of Glasgow, James Welsh, a Victory message from the Lord Mayor of London, the Mayor of Brighton and the Mayor of Newcastle. Batot shared the “King of the Mountain" honour which went to the rider with the best average of prime points, with Jean Lauck, and was the rider with the best aggregate time over the whole distance; his time was 25 hrs. 22 mias. 57 secs. The second fastest rider over the distance was Geof, Clarke, Bradford R.C.C.. with 25.28.41, and third, D. L. Jaggard. Ealing C.C., with 25.29.18. The French team of 11 starters had six riders in the first 10 finishers at Glasgow and five out of the fastest eight over the whole distance. At Hawick. some 70 miles from Glasgow, six of the French riders jumped the "field" and got clear away. George Edwards, Geof Clarke and D. L. Jaggard chased them, but the Britishers lacked .....

 

Start List

Start List

No.

Rider

Team

1

P T Stallard

Wolverhampton RCC

2

E A Clements

Wrekin RCC

3

E Jones

 

4

A Hendry

Glasgow Wheelers

5

G Edwards

 

6

G Clark

Bradford RCC

7

L Plume

Manchester RCC

8

R Baker

West London RC

9

H D Binfield

Wolverhampton RCC

10

T Briggs

Bradford RCC

11

L G Bailey

L Vegetarian RCC

12

S Montgomery

Glasgow Wheelers

13

A Campbell

 

14

J G C Taylor

Tees-Side RCC

15

N Taylor

 

16

K Taylor

 

17

A Verbruggen

Belgian Army
BLA Ealing CC

18

D L Jaggard

Ealing CC

19

K Koehler

 

20

P Burston

 

21

K Hudziak

Polish Air Force
Ealing CC

22

L Kitchen

Bradford RCC

23

N Haselock

Wolverhampton W’s

24

W Summers

Southern Coureurs

25

S A Thompson

Wolverhampton RCC

26

Len Cocker

 

27

G C Haggitt

 

28

M A Gough

 

29

W C Ordidge

 

30

T L Butcher

Liverpool RCC

31

J Bowles

Medway Velo

32

R G Smith

 

33

G Hill

Wolverhampton RCC

34

V Williams

 

35

C E H Morris

 

36

R Iardela

London Italian RC

37

L Sicondolfi

 

38

G Bottali

 

39

R Givonetti

 

40

G Beretta

 

41

W W Greaves

Vegetarian RCC

42

S B Hemmings

West London RC

43

V G Humphrey

 

44

A Taylor

Belgian Army
BLA West London RC

45

J William

West London RC

46

L A Hook

 

47

R Filsell

Achilles Velo Club

48

K H Bloomfield

Southern Coureurs

49

J Macken

Wrekin RCC

50

A McQueen

Hebburn Victoria RC

No.

Rider

Team

51

M Osten

Northern Coureurs

52

R Sowerby

 

53

W McCarthy

Northumbrian RRCC

54

A S Pearson

Ridley CC

55

D J Carey

East London RC

56

S T Aldridge

 

57

C L Owen

 

58

W Tilley

 

59

A H Clarke

Vegetarian RCC

88

Marcel Watershoet

France

89

Charles Van Lerberghe

 

90

Robert Pouessel

 

91

Robert Thiriot

 

92

Albert Lotts

 

93

Henri Nelc

 

94

Joseph Samson

 

95

Raymond Pasty

 

96

Jean Lauck

 

97

Jean Louis Lapergue

 

98

Leon Duau

 

99

Robert Batot

 

 

Reserves

 

60

Rene Menzies

Union Velocipedique
d’France

61

A H Chick

Ealing CC

62

R Ferrari

 

63

D Kaspar

West London RC

64

D Dear

 

65

G R J Piper

 

66

W T Saunders

 

67

G Sadler

Ealing CC

68

J Barron

 

69

L Davies

 

70

A Colebrook

 

71

R D Morbey

East London RC

72

J V Fletcher

West London RC

73

S A Rowles

 

74

D Yates

Medway Velo RC

75

S Honour

Southern Coureurs

76

D Wells

 

77

J Moss

 

78

J Simpson

 

79

K Geddes

 

80

R Gibbs

West London RC

81

D Clark

 

82

G Piper

 

83

A Borsberry

 

84

S Garrard

East London RC

85

E Battrick

Southern Coureurs

86

J W Collins

Vegetarian RCC

87

H Butcher

Liverpool RCC

 

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