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  • c.1970 Jacoskates Trophy
    by John C. Fry on November 17, 2020 at 4:56 PM
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    John Folley wins the 10,000 metres Jacoskates Trophy. Look closely and you will see Chloe Ronaldson ringing the bell, Bob Halford and Dai Davis as ever on the stopwatch

  • 1938 WC London - Great Britain (Track)
    by John C. Fry on November 17, 2020 at 7:53 AM
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    This footage shows the very first officially recognised world track championships held at the Empire Pool arena (now the SEE Arena) in Wembley, London. There were triumphs for British skaters Bill Ross, Arthur Cooper and Harold Wilkinson - the only pre-war world champions for Great Britain.

  • 1934 Forest Gate Rink - Women's Soccer o...
    by John C. Fry on November 15, 2020 at 10:03 AM
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    The women of the Forest Gate rink take part in a soccer on skates match. Undoubtedly one of these women will be multiple British Champion Winifred Davies.

  • 1933 Benny Lee takes to the ice
    by John C. Fry on November 15, 2020 at 9:46 AM
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    3 times national roller speed skating champion takes part in a one mile race on ice.  The one v one event saw Lee beat his rival Richardson for the first time in 4 years.

  • 1954 British Pathe News Report
    by John C. Fry on November 15, 2020 at 9:22 AM
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    News report of a 10 mile road race in Surrey (Woking to Pirbright) run by the Camberley & Bagshot Roller Skating Club, won by Pip Baker (billed as amateur World Champion - although obviously not an official World Champion). No mention of the name of the winner of the women's event.

  • 1957 WC Palermo - Italy (Road)
    by John C. Fry on November 15, 2020 at 8:37 AM
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    1957 World Championships in Palermo, Italy. Great Britain did not send a team to these championships stating the lack of suitable training facilities as the major reason.

  • 1973 EC Grenoble - France (Track)
    by John C. Fry on November 9, 2020 at 6:56 AM
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    European Championships at Grenoble, France.  First international outings for John Mullane, Gerard Bissett and Gwen Marriott.  Patrick Feetham was a traveling reserve who later partnered Mick McGeough in the relay.  Pat Eason takes home her final major international medal with a bronze in the 5000 metres.

  • 1956 WC Barcelona - Spain (Track)
    by John C. Fry on November 3, 2020 at 4:51 PM
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    First time out for Leo Eason who just missed out on victory when falling just before the finish line. Medals also for Les Woodley, Geoff Wright and Graham Stead. Pat Eason was the sole GB lady and took medals in all events which earned her the Vandervell Trophy.

  • 1953 WC Venice Lido - Italy (Road)
    by John C. Fry on November 3, 2020 at 4:32 PM
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    1953 saw the emergence of legend Les Woodley who alt just 18 years of age gets his first medal at a World Championships.  This was also the very first World Championships for women and the British girls aquitted themselves superbly with Pat Kirkham gaining a couple of fourth paces just behind the dominant Italians.

  • 1938 WC Ferrara - Italy (Road)
    by John C. Fry on November 3, 2020 at 4:19 PM
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    The second official World Road Championships for senior men and the third official European Road Championships for senior women in the Piazza Ariostea, Ferrara, on 18th and 19th September 1938.  The event was notable for three gold medals from four events for Frenchman Louis Fichaux and two from three for Italian lady Adriana Rianda.

  • 1930 London to Southend
    by John C. Fry on November 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
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    Footage of a skating event over the 30 mile road course from London to Southend-On-Sea.

  • 1935 EC Monza - Italy (Road)
    by John C. Fry on November 3, 2020 at 3:22 PM
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    September 1935 - Italian media footage of the first ever ladies European Championship and the second mens championship on the road in Monza, Italy.  This particular footage has had colour added to good effect.


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