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Fred Lord

Full name: Frederick Thomas "Fred" Lord
Gender: Male
Born: February 11, 1879 in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, Great Britain
Died: February 1928 in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Wibsey Park Harriers, Bradford (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Fred Lord started running with Wibsey Harriers at the age of 26 in 1905 following a successful career locally as a swimmer, and he was soon winning medals at club and county level. One of only three Britons to run in both the 1908 and 1912 Olympic marathons, Lord was the only one to finish both races. He ran once in the International Cross-Country Championship, finishing seventh in 1909 before placing second behind [Harry Barrett] in the inaugural Poly marathon later in the year. Lord was the best known Yorkshire runner in the period from 1908-14. He was the first Briton to finish, in fifth place, in the 1913 London Marathon from Windsor to London, against a strong international field. Two weeks later he finished second in the Hull Marathon. Sadly Lord died very young at the age of 48. He had a physically demanding job as a chemical process worker and one day in 1928 when putting on his clogs before going to work, he used an old pocket-knife as a shoe horn and cut his heel, which resulted in him contracting septicaemia and dying from the wound. His death left his wife with Annie with four children to raise.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-44:43.0 (1909).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Men's Marathon Great Britain GBR 15
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics Men's Marathon Great Britain GBR 21

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 29 London Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 15 3-19:08.8
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 21 3-01:39.2
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