Charlie Spedding

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Charles Spedding (born 19 May 1952 in Bishop Auckland, County Durham) is an English former long-distance runner. He was fourth in the 10,000 metres at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and was England’s Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) 10,000 m champion in 1983 in a time of 28:08.12. His first marathon was the Houston Marathon in 1984, which he won by "the thickness of a vest".

Spedding followed this by winning the London Marathon in 1984 and the bronze medal for Great Britain in the marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States, finishing just 2 seconds behind silver medallist John Treacy. Although it was the first British Olympic marathon medal for 20 years, and the last won by Britain (male or female), the performance was one of 16 British medals in athletics that year, and it possibly did not get the recognition it deserved.

In 1985 he set a PB and English Marathon record of 2:08.33 (which stood until 2014) when he finished second behind Steve Jones in the London Marathon. He is the third fastest British marathon runner after Jones and Mo Farah. In 1987, he finished 8th in the London Marathon in 2:10.32. He also competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, finishing 6th. He is a pharmacist by trade. In September 2009, he published an autobiography of his running career called From Last to First.

He has two daughters and one son. One daughter (Catherine) lives in Worcestershire and is currently working as an equine vet, the other is training to be a clinical psychologist. His son is currently an officer in the Royal Navy.

Spedding was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Sunderland in 2012.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United Kingdom
1984 Houston Marathon Houston, United States 1st Marathon 2:11:54
London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:09:57
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 3rd Marathon 2:09:58
1985 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 2nd Marathon 2:08:33
1986 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 3rd Marathon 2:10:13
1987 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 8th Marathon 2:10:32
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 6th Marathon 2:12:19


  1. ^ Nicola Weatherall, "Sunderland University to honour Eddie Izzard, Charlie Spedding and Alastair Stewart", The Journal, 5 July 2012

External links

  • Charlie Spedding: We're running out of time for legacy in the Independent
  • Article from 2003 in the Evening Chronicle
  • From Last to First
  • Power of 10 UK Men's Marathon Rankings
  • Power of 10 Profile: Charlie Spedding

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