Harry Tempan announces retirement from parkrun at 94 (25th November 2019)

For those at Mole Valley parkrun last Saturday (23rd Nov), you may know that 94 yr old Harry fell over. We wish Harry a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing Harry back as a spectator or perhaps walking the course once the mud has gone! Here is an update from his daughter, Betty, and Betty also lets us know about Harry's fantastic achievements:


After tripping during the Mole Valley parkrun last Saturday morning, Harry has decided that he will no longer compete in the parkrun. Apart from cuts to his hands, he is fit and well, and would like to thank the runners and marshals who assisted him so kindly and ably.


Harry holds the overall parkrun record for VM 90-94, having run the challenging Mole Valley course in 32.50 in 2018. His age-graded score is 107.56%.


Harry ‘s greatest athletics achievements have been at 1500m and 800m. He only started winning titles at 55 when he won the European V55 1500m in Strasbourg and then aged 59 in the European championships at Brighton he won both the V55 800m and 1500m in 2.14 and 4.29 respectively. The following year he won the V60 World Vets gold in Rome in 4.36 and gained both silver and the British record in the 800m.


In 1990, when he was 65, he ran 5,000m on the track in Solihull in 18.15. On the same day he achieved the V65 British 1500m record in 4.44, a record which I believe still stands.


Aged 82, he topped the world over 80 rankings that year in 800m and 1500m in 3.08 and 6.30. At 83 he competed in 100m, 200m and 400m and obtained the British V80 record in the 400m in 83.9. The following year he retired from track competition.


Harry intends to continue his regular training runs in Dorking and will come to the Mole Valley parkrun as a spectator.


Betty Williams