Gallery & Results: House Athletics Finals
The House Athletics Finals took place on Friday 5th July as a competitive and poignant final day of the Summer term was played under the intense gaze of the Wiltshire sunshine.
As part of the presentation ceremony, the Athletics Pavilion was renamed The Bruce Tulloh Pavilion, with Bruce’s widow – Sue – on hand to present the awards in his memory. A tribute to Bruce can be found below.
The programme for the day, including historical Marlburian records, can be read here.
Shell: 1st Elmhurst, 2nd Ivy House, Dancy House
Remove: 1st Mill Mead, 2nd Elmhurst, 3rd Morris
Lower Sixth: 1st Mill Mead, Elmhurst, 3rd Dancy House
Overall: 1st Elmhurst, 2nd Mill Mead, 3rd Morris
Shell: 1st Littlefield, 2nd C2, 3rd C1
Remove: 1st C1, 2nd Preshute, 3rd Barton Hill
Lower Sixth: 1st C2, 2nd Barton Hill, 3rd Summerfield
Overall: 1st C1, 2nd C2, 3rd Barton Hill
About Bruce Tulloh (1935-2018)
Bruce Tulloh, who taught Biology at Marlborough College from 1973 to 1994, was a world class athlete who ran for Great Britain in the 1960s and became an influential coach. In 1959 he won his first AAA track title for the 3 miles. In 1960 he set a British record for the 3 miles (13:17.2) and qualified for the Rome Olympics in the 5,000 metres. In 1961 he broke the British record again for the 3 miles (13:12.0) and in early 1962 in New Zealand he pushed the double Olympic champion Peter Snell to a new world record for the mile, while his own time of 3:59.3 made him the seventh Briton to break the four minute mile. In the same year he won the 5,000 metres gold medal at the European Championships in Belgrade and finished fourth over 3 miles at the Commonwealth Games. In 1966 he set a British record for the 6 miles (27:23.8).
Bruce was famous for running barefoot and he was the first non-African to adopt this running style, maintaining that it gave him a 50 metre advantage in a race over 5,000 metres.
When he retired from international competition he embarked in 1969 on an epic 2,876 mile run across America from Los Angeles to New York, averaging 45 miles a day and breaking the previous record by eight days. He then wrote about the experience in his book Four Million Footsteps. In 1972 he coached the Kenyan Mike Boit to a silver medal in the 800 metres at the Munich Olympics. When he moved to Marlborough he combined coaching at local and elite levels with writing regular articles in Athletics Weekly and a string of books that reached a vast audience of runners of all abilities who benefitted from his wisdom and experience. His love of running remained undimmed and he clocked 1 hr 16 mins for a Half Marathon at the age of 60.