Knutsford Leisure Centre, Westfield Drive, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0BL
This community event celebrates Alan Turing’s love of running. His prowess as a long-distance runner is one of his lesser-known talents – his best marathon time was 2:46:03. As a Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge, he frequently ran the 50k route between Cambridge and Ely. By the time he was working at the National Physical Laboratory, he was running seriously, joined Walton Athletic Club and became their best runner. Contemporaries describe that they had no idea what he did, and what a great man he was.
When asked why he pushed himself so much in training, he said “I have such a stressful job that the only way I can get it out of my mind is by running hard; it’s the only way I can get some release.”
Turing came fifth in the AAA marathon, which was used as a qualifying event for the 1948 Olympic games. To put his time of 2:46:03 in perspective, the winning Olympic time was only 10 minutes better. The Turing 2:46 will last precisely 2:46:03 and will combine a training run and family-friendly running activities, thanks to a collaboration with Run Knutsford and Everybody Leisure.
- Sunday 10 September: 09:00-11:46
Booking opens: 11 August 2017
Booking closes: 4 September 2017
Please note that Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult for any activities. Refreshments available (vending machines)
Event contact over the festival: Vicky McKinnon.