Courtesy of Paofit

Courtesy of Paofit

The co-founder of the London Marathon, John Disley, has just died at the age of 87. Disley is reported to have died from a short illness on Monday.

Disley is a Welsh athlete who helped design the London Marathon course and organized the first running back in 1981. The first race director of London, Chris Brasher, died in 2003.

Prior to being the co-founder of this world renowned marathon, Disley was quite the runner himself. He represented in the Commonwealth Games, set five British records and won bronze in the 3,000m steeplechase in the 1952 Olympics.

After his days as a track athlete, he became interested in orienteering and climbing. He is the author of Tackle Climbing This Way as well as other climbing books. His past as a climber is less talked about than his days as a track athlete.

Disley leaves behind two daughters and well as his wife, Sylvia.

This year’s running of the London Marathon is to feature the deepest field of elites of all marathons scheduled for 2016. Both the men’s and women’s races will feature cream-of-the-crop athletes (including men’s world record holder, Dennis Kimetto) who have made their name in the marathon. It will run on April 24.


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