Chris Goudge

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Christopher Edward Goudge (4 March 1935 Prestwich, Greater Manchester, England– 7 November 2010 Devon, United Kingdom) was a British athlete who competed in the 400m hurdles at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome.[1]

Early life[edit]

Goudge was born in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, England[1] where his father was an inspector for Lloyds Bank.[2] The family settled in Bolton where he attended Bolton School.[3] While doing national service with the Royal Tank Regiment he also represented them as a runner. He studied physics at UMIST, also playing clarinet and representing the University in athletics.[2]

Sporting career[edit]

He joined Bolton Harriers running club[1] and achieved early success in the high jump, winning the senior Lancashire event while still a junior. He also became successful as a runner and hurdler; in 1957 he was a member of the silver medal-winning British team in the 4x400m relay at the World Student Games[4] and the following year he competed at the Cardiff Commonwealth Games in the 440m hurdles. He held the English record for this title between 1958 and 1964, also being selected to compete in the 400m hurdles at the 1960 Rome Olympics.[2] He ran 52.75 in the third heat, finishing fourth, which turned out to be insufficient to qualify him for the semifinals.[5]

Post-Olympics and legacy[edit]

Goudge and his wife Elizabeth had two children, Caroline and Jonathan. The rest of his life was spent teaching physics until his retirement in 1995, when he moved to Devon. He is commemorated in Bolton as part of the "Spirit of Sport" statue on De Havilland Way.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Chris Goudge Biography and Olympic Results". Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Chris Goudge obituary". The Guardian. London. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Distinguished Old Boys – Former Pupils". Bolton School. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  4. ^ "British Medallists in World Student Games (Universiade)". Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  5. ^ "Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Hurdles". Retrieved 2010-12-06.