/ Do you remember Beryl Burton?
I remember Beryl Burton. My dad was a keen racing cyclist and raved about her as one of the best he had ever seen.
I love this from her profile on Wikepedia 'While setting the record she caught and passed Mike McNamara who was on his way to setting the men's record at 276.52 miles and winning that year's men's British Best All-Rounder. She is reputed to have given him a liquorice allsort as she passed him. Apparently, McNamara ate the sweet.'
Also from Wikepedia - 'On 27 November 2012 a radio play about Burton written by actress Maxine Peake will be broadcast by BBC Radio 4, with Peake playing Burton. It will include interview snippets with Charlie Burton, and his and Burton's cycling champion daughter, Denise Burton Cole'.
Should be good!
Apparently one of the lads on the Morley club run passed her on a climb and just as he passed her he started whistling.
When they re-grouped at the top of the hill Beryl parked her bike against a wall, casually walked over to the whistler and knocked him out.
(hope it's a true story)
> Apparently one of the lads on the Morley club run passed her on a climb and just as he passed her he started whistling.
> When they re-grouped at the top of the hill Beryl parked her bike against a wall, casually walked over to the whistler and knocked him out.
> (hope it's a true story)
Back in the day I won Lancs TT Assoc 100 with a course record - the best bit was being presented with the trophy by Beryl at the annual dinner.
I am not old enough to remember her, but I have enough interest in cycling to know her story.
I am also familiar with people like Reg Harris, who was a Bury lad like me.
> Back in the day I won Lancs TT Assoc 100 with a course record - the best bit was being presented with the trophy by Beryl at the annual dinner.
Beryl was in decline when I started racing but she was still pretty much leading the female pack. In 1984 I won the Yorkshire BAR and she won the equivalent women's competition for the 30th time in a row! It was getting tough for her as the Barnsley RC ladies were getting very competitive and I don't think she won it again. Anyway, we shared to top table in some posh hotel in Harrogate and received our respective awards.
> Should be good!
A bump for this -
Should be on iplayer soon.
Also, there's an interview with Maxine Peake and Charlie Burton here (its about 10 minutes long and starts 12 mins in):
No but so many people have asked me that over the years!
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