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Don at the 1960 Rome Olympics

Watch a YouTube video of Don finishing  1st in the Rome Olympics

Don's list of achievements makes for awesome reading

  • 8 RWA 50 km championship wins (1955-1962, 1966)
  • 9 London to Brighton wins (1955-1962, 1967)
  • 4 Hastings to Brighton wins (1957, 1960-62)
  • 2 wins in the Milan 100 km (1955, 1960)
  • 3 Olympic 50 km (1956, 1960, 1964) with a Gold medal in 1960; tenth in 1964
  • 3 European 50 km championship (1958, 1962 and 1966) including the bronze medal in 1962
  • 3 Lugano Cup 50 km  (1961, 1965, 1967)
  • 1 Commonwealth Games 20 Miles (1966)
  • 4 times winner of the Edgar Horton Cup 1956-1958, 1961 (RWA award for best individual performance during the Association year)
  • In the early 1960s, he was the British record holder for 20, 25 and 30 miles, 3, 4 and 5 hours, 25, 30, 40 and 50 km.
  • Don represented Great Britain in the Roubaix 28 hours in France in 1991, aged 58 years and 89 days, becoming the oldest person to represent Great Britain in an international event.

England Athletics Hall of Fame 2013
At a ceremony in Birmingham, 9 athletic's greats were inducted into the England Athletics Hall-of-Fame.
GB 1960 50K Olympic gold medallist and Centurion DON THOMPSON MBE was duly recognised.
Amongst others greats joining Don in this prestigious award were:
  • Alan Pascoe MBE,
  • Gordon Pirie,
  • Jim Peters
  • Mel Watman.
Truly, Don was indeed, amongst the greats.
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