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    I wonder who has won the most races in the last 20yr ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travs View Post
    There were one or two topics on a couple of Facebook pages talking about Colin Donnelly and his Welsh 3000 record. I mentioned that in my opinion he was the 4th "great" and should be remembered as much as Joss Naylor, Kenny Stuart, Billy Bland.
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    With regard to a 4th"great" from the era that Travs mentioned I would definitely nominate John Wild. He may not have a had an especially long career, but he certainly was the top man when at his best, in 1981, 1982 and 1983. He won the British Champs in the first 2 of those years (being first to repeat) and narrowly lost to Kenny Stuart in the epic 1983 season. He still holds records for 4 races: Wrekin, Rivington Pike, Burnsall and Ben Lomond. Admittedly no Longs, but he could certainly run them. In the three Championship Longs he did in 1983 he came 4th at the Northern Counties (Kenny won), 2nd at Borrowdale to Kenny, and beat Kenny to win the Welsh 1000m. In 1982 he had set records (subsequently beaten) in both the Edale Skyline and the Three Peaks. I give you John Wild - tough racer - generous man.

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    There's a great write up on the best Lakeland Classics runners of all time. If you're talking modern era then you're probably talking Simon Booth. This should take you to the article (hopefully):
    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&so...mMOJyY9Nutl08g

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobster View Post
    There's a great write up on the best Lakeland Classics runners of all time. If you're talking modern era then you're probably talking Simon Booth. This should take you to the article (hopefully):
    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&so...mMOJyY9Nutl08g
    Thank you for referencing this.

    Opinions about "the greatest" should never be taken too seriously because they are usually selective, rarely without an agenda and inevitably biased - comment is free, but facts are sacred - but Brian was a statistician by profession, the FRA Statistician for several years and his several articles for The Fellrunner were always excellent.

    And - declaration of interest - he was my co-founder of the Lakeland Classics Trophy.
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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