Full name: Sydney Lancaster Sarel
Nickname(s): The Parson in Shorts
Born: June 18, 1872 in Kensington, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: December 23, 1950 in Bethnal Green, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: L.A.C., London (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
After narrowly failing to a blue as a half-miler for Oxford, Sydney Sarel took up walking and cross-country running after he entered the Church. Although placing sixth in the 7 mile walk at the 1908 AAA Championships, he was elected for the shorter of the two walking events at the Olympics and was eliminated in the heats of the 3,500 walk. He became a legendary figure for his missionary work on London’s East End and his obituary in The Times reported, “For many years, he made a practice of changing into running kit at 11 PM sharp and running round the streets of Bethnal Green with a stop-watch in his hand. He was a beloved figure throughout the Borough, to the interests of whose people he devoted his life.” He served as President of London AC in 1928.
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