Jim Peters (24 October 1918 in London – 9 January 1999 in Thorpe Bay) was a long-distance runner from England. He broke the world record for the men's marathon four times in the 1950s. He was the first runner to complete a marathon under 2 hours 20 minutes – an achievement which was equated to the breaking of the four-minute mile. He achieved this at the Polytechnic Marathon of 1953, a point-to-point race from Windsor to Chiswick, West-London.
Later that same year Peters set the first sub-2:20 clocking on an out-and-back course, at the
Enschede Marathon, the Netherlands.
He served as president of the then recently formed
Road Runners Club from 1955 - 1956.
After retiring from competitive athletics, Peters worked as an
optician in Mitcham, Surrey and Chadwell Heath, Essex.
Jim's 1954 Vancouver Commonwealth Games kit, including plimsolls and the special medal which following the games the Duke of Edinburgh sent to Jim inscribed "To a most gallant marathon runner." were given to The Sports Hall of Fame, Vancouver in 1967 for exhibition.
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