Luke J Harris

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16 Nov 2018 - Luke Harris

W.W. Alexander's

'One of the worst cases of fouling I've ever seen': W.W. Alexander's reflections on the 1908 Olympics'

 

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W.W. Alexander was a pivotal figure in the history of Midlands athletics. Along with his adminstrative duties, he was a prominent writer within 'The Sporting Mail'. This paper examines his reflections on the 1908 Olympics held in London

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11 Nov 2018 - Luke Harris

Perry Barr Greyhound Racing Track was originally Birmingham’s athletics venue

Birmingham’s only remaining greyhound Stadium in Perry Barr was firstly the home of Birchfield Harriers Athletic Club.This was opened as the ‘Alexander Sports Ground’ and was named after W.W. Alexander, an instrumental figure in the clubs history.In 1977, Birchfield Harriers left and moved to the Alexander Stadium, one of the key venues for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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07 Nov 2018 - Luke Harris

Jack Price: Birmingham's First Marathon Champion

Jack Price, who ran for Small Heath Harriers won the first ever Marathon race to take place in the Midlands in May 1908. This race acted as a trial race for the 1908 Olympics held in London. After being selected for the British team, Price withdrew from the race after 15 miles in extremely hot weather.

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04 Nov 2018 - Luke Harris

Birmingham's bid for the 1992 Olympic Games

In October 1986, Birmingham went up against five other cities for the right to host the 1992 Olympic Games. The overwhelming favourite to win the bid was Barcelona, which won in the third round of voting. If Birmingham had been successful, it would have seen many new stadiums constructed, including a new athletics stadium built upon the site of the NEC.

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30 Oct 2018 - Luke Harris

Birmingham's failed bid for the 1992 Olympics article

‘THE TONIC TO BOOST BRITAIN’S SAGGING REPUTATION IN INTERNATIONAL SPORT?’ BIRMINGHAM’S BID FOR THE 1992 OLYMPIC GAMES

http://www.playingpasts.co.uk/articles/general/the-tonic-to-boost-britains-sagging-reputation-in-international-sport-birminghams-bid-for-the-1992-olympic-games/ 

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30 Oct 2018 - Luke Harris

1867 National Olympian Games held in Birmingham

1867 National Olympian Games held in Birmingham

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In June 1867, Birmingham hosted the National Olympian Games, an event partially organised by Dr William Penny Brookes of Much Wenlock, a figure who inspired Pierre de Coubertin to form the International Olympic Committee. The genuine Olympic forefather took place over three days and featured contests in sports including athletics, swimming and cricket.

Article Link: http://www.playingpasts.co.uk/articles/general/birminghams-first-olympics-the-1867-national-olympian-games/

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