Harry William Payne (5 September 1892 – 5 July 1969) was a British long-distance runner who competed in the marathon at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam and was a two-time national champion.
On 26 May 1928, Payne debuted at the marathon distance and posted a fourth place finish at the Polytechnic Marathon (2:54:50.8). Six weeks later on 6 July 1928, he won the Amateur Athletic Association's marathon championship in only his second marathon. His performance of 2:34:34 set on the Polytechnic Marathon course was a new British record. The following month, an injured Payne finished 13th in marathon at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam (2:42:29).
At the 1929 AAA championships, Payne's 2:30:57.6 mark would earn him a second consecutive title and recapture the British marathon record from Sam Ferris - a mark that would stand for 22 years.[nb 1]With this performance, Payne was ranked first in the marathon for 1929.
- ^ The International Association of Athletics Federations does not indicate that Payne's mark was a world best performance; however, it does appear as such in a similar list compiled by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians.
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