beverley callender, great britain olympic athlete

GRE Jubilee Cup Final, Cwmbran Stadium — 23 September 1978

‘Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop’
— Lewis Carroll, author, not a great running coach

Back in 1978, if I wasn’t running, I was watching other people running and taking pictures of them doing it.

Since Cwmbran Stadium was a short jog from home, I spent a lot of time there. That summer I went to watch the GRE Jubilee Cup Final. UK Olympian Beverley Goddard (now Beverley Callender) was on form that day, winning the 200m for her club Reading AC. Usually she ran the 100m or 200m, although her greatest achievements were with the Great Britain 4x100m relay team.

At a time when British athletics was on a high, Bev Callender was one of the UK’s finest and most dependable runners, winning no fewer than eight major championship medals.

The year this photograph was taken, Beverley Callender won the first of her major medals, a silver at the European Championships and a gold at the Commonwealth Games. She won two Olympic Games bronze medals, in 1980 and 1984. The 4x100m relay British record of 42.43s recorded by Heather Hunte, Kathy Smallwood, Bev Goddard and Sonia Lannaman in Moscow in 1980 stood until 2014.

See the videos of Bev Callender on the Reading AC website.

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