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Max Jones, Birchfield Harriers

This message was received on 15 March 2010

You will have known my father as a family friend, as a participant in London Marathon, on The Walk most years, as a helper at elections, as a spectator at football matches or in many other ways.

Katy and I need to tell you that he died yesterday. He had a fall at home in Leeds on Saturday night which caused a series of brain haemorrhages. He died in Leeds General Infirmary. Katy and I and Matthew were at his bedside along with my mother & sister and many other close family and friends.

It is very sad to know how fit and healthy he was, even at the age of 83, so such a shock to know that he is no longer with us, and so suddenly. But we are happy that he died surrounded by family and friends, as peacefully as these things are, and without a prolonged illness which after his active life he would not have endured.

Brief (!) Description of Running Background

Date of birth June 3rd, 1927

  1. 1943 June : Ran 1 mile, aged just 16, in 5:03.4 on virtually no training.
  2. 1946 Dec : for Cambridge University v Oxford. 7 miles X-Country : 1st me; 2nd Roger Bannister.
  3. 1948 Mar : 4th in English Cross-Country Junior Championship (inaugural event, no Junior Internationals then); the following week, for Cambridge v Oxford : 3 miles in 15:04.
  4. 1952 May : Member of Birchfield Harriers team, winners of the inaugural British Road Relay Championship (over the old London-to-Brighton course).
  5. 1981 Mar : Ran in inaugural London Marathon, organised by my Cambridge team-mate - Chris Brasher. Finished in 3:49:51, 4428th out of 6600, behind 175 50+ year olds, 12 60+ and 110 women. And 2 WALKERS. Aaargh !
  6. 1986 June : Ran fastest marathon : 2:57:06, aged 59.
  7. 1989 April : 1st Senior (over 60) 92nd Boston Marathon (USA) in 3:03:46 and 5th M60, 6 days later, in London, in 3:09:29.
  8. 1991 Aug : Hood-to-Coast Relay, Oregon (USA), oldest team member by 15 years, but fastest over 10km by between 4 and 20 minutes : we were last of 800 teams to finish !
  9. 1994/95 : member of Nike Portland Hood-to-Coast teams, 4th in M40 age-group category.
  10. 1993 May : 1st over 60 in UK 100km Championships in a Commonwealth M65 record of 9:13:56.  October : 1st M65 in American Masters Marathon Championship, in 3:07:44, the only time John Keston didn't win his age group on the roads in 5 years as an M65.
  11. 1995 May : ran (road) 50 miles in 6:51:22, in a DNF 100km, for M65 World Record.  June : ran a (track) 5km at an average heart rate of 171bpm, Polar measured, finishing the race at 176bpm. At age 68 (note: 220-68 = 152, maximum for a 68 yr-old!).
  12. 1996 May : ran M65 track WRs of 30 miles (3:57:13); 50km (4:05:56); 50 miles (7:07:11).
  13. 1981-96 : EverPresent finisher in the London Marathon, slowest 3:49:51 - see 5 above - fastest 2:58:00 in 1983. The 42 of us are now guaranteed entry in the race provided we run and finish each year. Aaargh !
  14. 1995 July : Silver medallist, individual and team, M65 marathon, WAVA World Championships, in Buffalo, NY, United States.
  15. 1997 Aug : gained all the M70 track ultra WRs 100km (10:31:31), through 100 miles in (18:16:47) to 24hrs (191.019km, i.e. 118 miles 1220 yards) and finished 2nd overall in the race, my highest position for 49 years!  September : ran M70 WRs for 50km (4:16:12); 40 miles (5:49:50); 50 miles (7:34:32).
  16. 1998 May : ran (road) M70 BR 100km (9:56:00), June : oldest finisher (and Founder's Trophy winner) in Comrades Marathon in RSA,  October : ran M70 BR (track) 100km in 10:08:13, having lost my WR 2 weeks before.
  17. 1999 April : ran 100th marathon, including in the total one for every Ultra run over 42195m, in the 19th London Marathon (which now has just 40 EverPresents left).
  18. 1999 June : retained the Founder's Trophy in the Comrades Marathon Down Run, the 90km, 55 1/4 miles, from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
  19. 1999 August: Bronze medallist individual and team gold, M70 marathon, WAVA World Championships, in Gateshead, England.
  20. 2000 April : One of now 39 EverPresents who finished the 20th London Marathon. But only just. Lost carboload into sewers before Start; hit the Wall at 5 miles; walked from 12 miles. Finished, hypoglycaemic, in 6:17:05; 2nd Half slower than previous slowest marathon, see 5 above. Aaargh !

 

Age Year Time
53 1981 3:51:52
54 1982 3:22:11
55 1983 2:58:08
56 1984 3:00:37
57 1985 3:02:48
58 1986 2:59:54
59 1987 3:04:13
60 1988 3:31:48
61 1989 3:09:50
62 1990 3:15:44
63 1991 3:15:11
64 1992 3:11:47
65 1993 3:16:08
66 1994 3:08:11
67 1995 3:14:56
68 1996 3:20:17
69 1997 3:43:56
70 1998 3:22:43
71 1999 3:42:58
72 2000 6:17:04
73 2001 4:54:10
74 2002 6:09:38
75 2003 DNS

 

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