George Hazle started out as a marathon and cross-country runner, but turned to walking after he was 30-years-old and won his first South African title in 1958 in the 3-mile event. In 1959 he won the South African 50 km title by over 25 minutes. He would eventually win 22 South African national championships, as follows: 3 miles â 1958-65, 1967; 5000 metres â 1968; 20 km â 1961, 1963-65, 1967-68; 50 km â 1959-63, 1967. Hazle also won the renowned London-to-Brighton walk in 1964 in 8-25:20 and placed in 1965 behind Olympic champions [Abdon Pamich] and [Don Thompson]. Hazle also won the Big Walk between Cape Town and Simonâs Town (80 km) in 1963 and 1965, setting a course record of 7-54:44 in 1965, breaking a record that had stood for 36 years. In 1963 Hazle was awarded the Helms Trophy as best African athlete for the year.
Personal Bests: 20kmW â 1-33:46 (1960); 50kmW â 4-27:55 (1961).