Marguerite Wilson

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Marguerite Wilson
Personal information
Full name Marguerite Wilson
Born (1918-01-01)1 January 1918
 England
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
?–1937 Bournemouth Arrow CC
1938 West Croydon Wheelers
Professional team(s)
1939–1941? Hercules[1]
Major wins
1939 — Land's End to John o' Groats

Marguerite Wilson was a record-breaking cyclist from Bournemouth. In 1939 she broke the Land's End to John o' Groats and 1,000-mile (1,600 km) records. When World War II stopped her efforts in 1941 she held every Women's Road Records Association (R.R.A.) bicycle record.[2] For her achievements she was celebrated in the Golden Book of Cycling[2] and received the Bidlake Memorial Prize.[3]

Career[edit]

Wilson started racing in 1935, when she was 17.[4] She broke three records riding as an amateur in 1938.[2] Then in 1939 she turned professional[4] and broke 11 records (including two of her own from 1938). The pinnacle of her year was completing the End to End ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2 d 22 h 52 min, continuing to complete the 1,000 miles in a record 3 d 11 h 44 min. When World War II stopped her efforts in 1941 she held all 16 Women's R.R.A. bicycle records.[2] In her career she won over 50 medals and trophies,[5] including the Frederick Thomas Bidlake Memorial Plaque for her End-to-End record.[4]

Palmarès[edit]

1935
21/07/1935, 10 Mile Solo Record — 29 min 14 s[6]
1936
26/07/1936, 10 Mile Solo Record — 28 min 54 s[6]
05/09/1936, 10 Mile Solo Record — 28 min 02 s[6]
1937
06/06/1937, 10 Mile Solo Record — 27 min 57 s[6]
1938
19/06/1938, 10 Mile Solo Record — 27 min 15 s[6]
1939
29/08/1939–2/09/1939, Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2 d 22 h 52 min[2]
29/08/1939–2/09/1939, 1,000 miles in 3 d 11 h 44 min[2]

Honours[edit]

In 1939 she received the annual Bidlake Memorial Prize that has been awarded from 1934 until the present in honour of Frederick Thomas Bidlake. Her citation says:

Marguerite Wilson for her bicycle records, Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2 d 22 h 52 min and 1,000 miles in 3 d 11 h 44 min accomplished in one ride, 29th August – 2nd September 1939.[3]

On 30 April 1947 her achievements were celebrated in the Golden Book of Cycling.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Marguerite Wilson was a stewardess for British Overseas Airways Corporation (B.O.A.C) in 1948, working Short Flying boats from the Marine Airway terminal, Solent, Southampton, Hampshire.[7][8]

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