|Name Charlie Spedding|
Role Olympic athlete
|Olympic medals Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon|
Education University of Sunderland
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Charles Spedding (born 19 May 1952 in Bishop Auckland, County Durham) is an English former long-distance runner. He was fourth in the 10,000 metres at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and was England’s Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) 10,000 m champion in 1983 in a time of 28:08.12. His first marathon was the Houston Marathon in 1984, which he won by "the thickness of a vest".
Spedding followed this by winning the London Marathon in 1984 and the bronze medal for Great Britain in the marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States, finishing just 2 seconds behind silver medallist John Treacy. Although it was the first British Olympic marathon medal for 20 years, and the last won by Britain (male or female), the performance was one of 16 British medals in athletics that year, and it possibly did not get the recognition it deserved.
In 1985 he set a PB and English Marathon record of 2:08.33 (which stood until 2014) when he finished second behind Steve Jones in the London Marathon. He is the third fastest British marathon runner after Jones and Mo Farah. In 1987, he finished 8th in the London Marathon in 2:10.32. He also competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, finishing 6th. He is a pharmacist by trade. In September 2009, he published an autobiography of his running career called From Last to First.
He has two daughters and one son. One daughter (Catherine) lives in Worcestershire and is currently working as an equine vet, the other is training to be a clinical psychologist. His son is currently an officer in the Royal Navy.
Spedding was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Sunderland in 2012.