Full name: Ernest Ion Pool
Born: November 22, 1857 in Westminster, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: September 26, 1931 in Hastings, East Sussex, Great Britain
Affiliations: L.A.C., London (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
The British team for the 1900 Olympic marathon was made up of the first three finishers in the 1899 London-Brighton race. Having placed third in that event, Ion Pool, the 42-year-old son of a London dentist, went to Paris, but, like the other two British entrants (Frederick Randall and William Saward), he retired within four miles. Writing in the South London Harriers Gazette, Ion Pool provided an interesting insight into the race. He told of obstruction by the French spectators and likened the race to a "steeplechase with cars and bicycles for obstacles". Pool was also a notable long distance walker. In 1903 he finished fourth in the London-Brighton-London race, completing the journey within 24 hours and in 1904 he finished sixth in a 50-mile track race at Crystal Palace. Oddly this walking race was won by another Olympic marathon runner, Bertie Thompson, who took part in the 1908 Olympic race.
Personal Best: Mar – unknown.
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