Motspur Ground Records Released

The LUCA Alumni club, Motspur AC has published grounds records of Motspur Park.

The “all comers’ records of the former University of London stadium, were provided by David Morgan, honorary Chairman of UL.

Motspur Park was sold to Fulham Football club and the track torn up in 1988.

It had hosted the University of London Intercollegiate Championships and acted as the training venue for London Athletics Club. National and regional championships were also held there.

The intercollegiate championships are still held today – nested within the LUCA Indoors and Outdoor Series championships.

Roger Bannister winning the 1 Mile in the Inter-Hospitals Athletic Championships at Motspur Park, 1952. The records include two World Records in the 88yds and 1 Mile, both held by Sydney Wooderson.

Wooderson’s 1 Mile record of 4:06.4 stood for five years.

Roger Bannister of St Mary’s Hospital Med School (now, Imperial Medical School)  broke the 4 minute mile in Oxford in 1954. Just one year earlier, he was two seconds away from going sub 4minutes at Motspur (4:02.0).

The records can be accessed here.

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