Jim Alder

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Jim Alder
Personal information
Born (1940-06-10) 10 June 1940 (age 74)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Long-distance running
Club Morpeth Harriers, Northumberland
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1968

James Noel Carroll "Jim" Alder MBE (born 10 June 1940) is a British former distance runner, from Morpeth.

Alder, who was born in Glasgow,[1] was a foster child. His mother died of tuberculosis and his father was killed on the last day of the World War II.[2] He moved to Morpeth, north of Newcastle, and became interested in running.[3]

Athletics career[edit]

Alder's athletic career saw him compete at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston winning Marathon Gold, (having missed the 1964 Summer Olympics due to a knee injury). The 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, The 1969 European Athletics Championships in Athens and the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.[4]

He set a new world record for 30,000 m of 1hr 34min 01.8sec in 1964. In that race he also set world records for 20 miles (1hr 40min 58.0sec) and 2 hours (37,994m). The IAAF did not recognise the latter two marks for world records, but they were accepted as United Kingdom national records.[5]

At the 1968 Olympic Games, in Mexico City, his height was recorded at 5'8" (172 cm) and his weight was 141 lbs (64 kg).[1]

Alder ran his last marathon in the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. In September 1970, in London, he set a new record for 30,000 m of 1hr 31min 30.4sec which still stands today.[6]

He won The Great Northern Half Marathon, Belfast in 1971 promoted by County Antrim Harriers in a time of 1:05:05.

He was featured in The Sunday Times, on 15 April 2007, which profiled his gold medal winning run in the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.[7] Later that year in October, Alder featured on the BBC One series Inside Sport and was interviewed by Ray Stubbs.

In 2012, Alder was selected to carry the Olympic flame through Northumberland, for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

His biography is called Marathon and Chips.


  1. ^ a b Jim Alder. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2015-01-19.
  2. ^ The Archive: Jim Alder. Herald Scotland (2009-10-12). Retrieved on 2015-01-19.
  3. ^ Turnbull, Simon (2010-05-09). Geronimo Jim's a gem . The Independent. Retrieved on 2015-01-19.
  4. ^ Bathgate, Stuart (2014-09-04). Commonwealth Games: Alder won after losing his way. The Scotsman. Retrieved on 2015-01-19.
  5. ^ Jim Alder. Scottish Distance Running History. Retrieved on 2015-01-19.
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