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1946 Britain’s Cycling Marathon : 2nd Brighton to Glasgow

Race Summary Credit: Race Programme

The 1946 race ran from 29-July to 3-August and was the second organised by the BLRC (British League of Racing Cyclists). The race programme lists 70 riders but not arranged, or numbered, by team. Instead they are in some sort of seeding order with Ernie Clements getting No.1 and Lance Corporal Edmund Wotek being last man allocated at No. 70. Full start list >>>

A short film of the race is available at British Pathe.

Report of Stage 1 - Brighton-London, 52 miles - by Bill Mills and J Dennis

FIRST BLOOD TO AUSSIES

An enormous crowd thronged the front at Brighton to see the start of the second annual Brighton to Glasgow cycle race. Long before the actual departure, spectators were grouped round the various bicycles, official cars and lorries, asking the usual thousand and one questions of the layman. At last the hour of noon drew near, and the Mayor of Brighton had the riders presented to him, prior to dropping the starting flag which sent the gaily coloured field off on the first mile of its 532-mile journey to the North.

Of the field of 70 entrants, 18 failed to start, including the two stars of the B.L.R.C., Ernie Clements and Ted Jones, recently resigned from the League. Also missing were Walter Greaves, one-armed Vegetarian, Les Plume, S. Manchester, Dick Boyden, S. Coureurs, and five of the Polish team of eight. The remaining three Poles were on borrowed bikes, their own machines having lost in transit. Not surprisingly, - they encountered various mechanical troubles, and lagged far behind the field right from the start.

All quiet for the first few miles, but on the long climb up Handcross Hill, R. Baker and J. Collins broke away from the field, and set off for a ten miles excursion on their own, well in front. But the field made an effort at last, and wore them down before reaching the next climb (and first hill to count in the King of the Mountains contest). Climbing the hill, the field stretched out into single file, and G. Hill (an "independent" riding for Hickman Cycles) was first over the top. Charlie Helps, former British (N.C.U.) sprint champion, came by well back, having had gear trouble. Once over the top, the field regrouped, and remained compact until the finish, Just off the Kingston by-pass, on a fine, but flat, cinder track at Hotspur Park Grounds, where the two Australians, Alf Strom and Roger Arnold proved to be the best sprinters to the line. Jaggard of the Ealing fell at the entry to the track badly grazing his arm.

 

Stage

Date

Route

1st

Time

2nd

3rd

1

29-Jul-1946

Brighton - London (52 miles)

Alf Strom

2:08:03

Roger Arnold

R Baker

2

30-Jul-1946

London - Wolverhampton (119 miles)

Mike Peers

5:47:41

Alex Hendry

Alf Strom

3

31-Jul-1946

Wolverhampton - Bradford (98 miles)

Harold D Binfield

4:58:06

Mike Peers

J Williams

4

1-Aug-1946

Bradford - Newcastle upon Tyne (103 miles)

Alex Hendry

4:29:24

George Edwards

A Stackhouse

5

2-Aug-1946

Newcastle upon Tyne - Edinburgh (106 miles)

William T Saunders

5:47:51

A Stackhouse

J Storrie

6

3-Aug-1946

Edinburgh - Glasgow (54 miles)

George Edwards

3:25:32

R Jones

J Brown

Final General Classification

Pos.

Rider

Time

1

Mike Peers

819 km in 26:42:52

2

Alex Hendry

at 5:53

3

Jack A Williams

at 10:13

4

James Ferguson

at 11:47

5

Alvin H Groves

at 13:46

6

Harold D Binfield

at 14:27

7

Alan Blackwell

at 17:33

8

Horace E Thurgar

at 22:11

9

William T Saunders

at 22:28

10

Alf Strom

at 22:54

11

Geoffrey Hill

at 25:16

12

George Edwards

at 39:48

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