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Richard Piotrowski Wins British M70 10k Title


Guest Article By John Walshe


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Reading AC - British Road Relay Champions 1973. Richard Piotrowski is second from right, back row

Photo: Athletics Weekly


Richard Piotrowski, who now lives near Macroom and runs with Eagle Athletic Club, was the recent winner of the M70 title at the British Masters 10km road championships, which took place at Gravesend in Kent.

Since moving to Ireland, Richard has been a regular winner in both the M60 and M65 categories on the Cork running scene. He recently moved up to the M70 grade and his 43:08 over a difficult course and in warm conditions in Gravesend gave him the gold medal.

The report of the race in last week’s edition of Athletics Weekly stated: “Back in the early 1970s Dick Piotrowski was one of the Reading AC senior team taking major team medals on road and country and here was an M70 victor in 43:08, half a minute clear of Peter Giles.”

That report was written by regular AW contributor Martin Duff, a team-mate of Richard on those Reading teams. Piotrowski also ran with the famous Belgrave Harriers and was an accomplished performer on the track, especially in the 3000m steeplechase.

As the results below show, the late 1960s/early 1970s was a golden age in British – and also Irish - distance running. The race, the Bracknell ‘5’, was just an ordinary club event held every August. Although only 108 runners took part, as can be seen the first 12 broke 25 minutes with 82 of the 108 under the half-hour.

Richard finished sixth on that occasion in 24:27 and three seconds behind him was John Bryant, a newspaper editor who would go on many years later to write the story of the London Marathon titled ‘The History of the Greatest Race On Earth’.

In 12th position, and the last under 25 minutes, came Mick Woods of Aldershot, Farnham & District. A former Irish international marathon runner, Woods is better known nowadays as coach to a host of British internationals such as Olympian Steph Twell, European cross-country champion Emelia Górecka, and Jonny Hay, one of the top British hopes in next Sunday’s London Marathon. 

Editor's note: Another member of the Reading team was Bud Baldaro, another renowned coach. Bud gave a talk/lecture to Cork Athletics in August 2015


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 Results of Bracknell 5 - August 4th 1973

1 P. Adams AFD 00:23:47
2 R. Lunrion Gosforth 00:23:51
3 L. Presland AFD 00:23:57
4 J. Jones WSE 00:24:14
5 R. Graham WSE 00:24:22
6 R. Piotrowski Read. 00:24:27
7 J. Bryant Thames H&H 00:24:30
8 B. Standen TVH 00:24:35
9 M. Puddifoot TVH 00:24:50
10 P. Chivers Eal.& S. 00:24:52
11 J. Phelan Be Is 00:24:56
12 M. Woods AFD 00:24:59
13 D. Patterson TVH 00:25:06
14 P. Lill Croy. 00:25:09
15 D. Sparks WSE 00:25:22
16 P. Leitoh AFD 00:25:30
17 R. Allden Read, 00:25:30
18 R. Ohapman AFD 00:25:32
19 M. Hyman Ports. 00:25:38
20 L. Duke Ranelagh 00:25:41
21 R. Eearns Torbay 00:25:44
22 C. Jones AFD 00:25:45
23 A. Home Ranelagh 00:25:46
24 P. Watson Shafts. 00:25:55
25 J. Forrest Ranelagh 00:25:56
26 M. Moody Maid. 00:25:58
27 T. Townsend Ports. 00:26:02
28 K. Whyte Read. 00:26:04
29 P. Purdue WSE 00:26:07
30 A. Green Wolverton 00:26:09
31 P. Smith Soton. 00:26:18
32 R. Dickson Croy. 00:26:19
33 D. Baker Wirral 00:26:24
34 R. Stevens Read. 00:26:31
35 T. Wilton-Jones Linc. & RAF 00:26:33
36 J. Ayres WSE 00:26:34
37 s. Grawte AFD 00:26:35
38 s. Boreham Wolverton 00:26:36
307 M. Awre Bris. 00:26:39
40 p. Humphries Wolverton 00:26:44
41 A. Fairclough Be Is. 00:26:45
42 A, Harulov Soton 00:26:49
43 D Blythe Eal.& S. 00:26:49
44 M. Caudwe11 Croy. 00:26:49
45 M. Grey Shafts.   00:26:52
46 P. Hutching Soton. 00:26:53
47 M. Sykes Ports. 00:26:54
48 J. Reynolds Wolverton 00:26:55
49 P. Charney TVH 00:26:56
50 C. Pearson Bels 00:27:02
51 P. Milsom TVH 00:27:02
52 J. Bull Ranelagh 00:27:02
53 J. Mescall Felt. 00:27:04
54 A. Smith AFD 00:27:04
55 s. Charlton(V) TVH 00:27:07
56 J. Phelan Hero-Wim. 00:27:20
57 A. Hedger Ranelagh 00:27:25
58 J. Arnold Eal.& S. 00:27:26
59 F. Carpenter Thames H&H. 00:27:30
60 P. Wilks Poly 00:27:34
61 P. Daniels Hill. 00:27:41
62 R. Garner Maid. 00:27:42
63 M. Riley RAF Benson 00:27:44
64 A. Hayes Craw, 00:27:46
65 T. Bowen TVH 00:27:48
66 M. Wands Hill. 00:27:55
67 A. McCulloch Hill. 00:28:00
68 R. Cressy Hill. 00:28:02
69 R. Burton Luton 00:28:29
70 W. Waldron Thames H&H. 00:28:37
71 H. Cobie Ports. 00:28:40
72 G. Morralee (V) Ports 00:28:45
73 D. D O'Connell (V) Herc-Wim 00:29:04
1 74 G. Knox (V) Hill. 00:29:09
! 75 R. Wilkinson AFD 00:29:14
1 76 F. Pagett(V) Bels 00:29:15
77 S. Spooner Craw. 00:29:23
78 P. Newby Thames H&H. 00:29:24
79 w. Boyden(V) E.Surrey 00:29:40
80 J. Tlrams Soton. 00:29:55
81 T. Taylor Brack. 00:29:56
82 F. Cowley(V) Brack. 00:29:57
83 C. Taylor Brack. 00:30:00
84 D. Martin Read. 00:30:24
85 s. Wittome Thames H&H 00:30:25
86 M, Bleasedale Hill. 00:30:33

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