Hugh Jones (athlete)

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Robin Evan Hugh Jones (born 1 November 1955, in London) is a retired British long distance runner. He attended Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, where he began competing in long distance running both for the school and for Ranelagh Harriers, and the University of Liverpool.

In 1982 Jones became the first British man to win the London Marathon, finishing in a time of 2:09:24. Two years later he finished 12th in the men's marathon of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles with a time of 2:13:57. In 1983 he finished a close second to Joseph Nzau in the Chicago Marathon. In 1983 Hugh Jones won the Stockholm Marathon with a time of 2:11:37. He won it again in 1992 (2.15.58) was second in 1993 (2.17.29) and seventh in 1994 (2.18.20). His personal best is 2:09:24, set in London 1982.[citation needed]

Jones became the Secretary of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in July 1996, succeeding Andy Galloway. Jones currently holds this position as well as the editorship of AIMS' Distance Running magazine which he started in 2000. Jones was president of the Road Runners Club from 2007-11.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Jones lives in London with his wife, Cheryl, his son, Nathan, and his three daughters, Holly, Coral and Ella.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1981 Oslo Marathon Oslo, Norway 1st Marathon 2:13:06
New York City Marathon New York, United States 3rd Marathon 2:10:59 [1]
1982 City-Pier-City Loop The Hague, Netherlands 1st Half Marathon 1:01:06
London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:09:24
1983 Stockholm Marathon Stockholm, Sweden 1st Marathon 2:11:37
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 12th Marathon 2:13:57
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 5th Marathon 2:11:49
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 5th Marathon 2:12:54
1992 Stockholm Marathon Stockholm, Sweden 1st Marathon 2:15:58
1995 Glitnir Reykjavik Marathon Reykjavik, Iceland 1st Marathon 2:29:26


  1. ^ Course 150 m short on remeasurement

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