‘The boy from nowhere’ wins Commonwealth medals

Brian Shenton, a sprinter, came to public attention in 1950 when he represented Great Britain at the European Championships. He was described as the ‘boy from nowhere’. However, we know differently, because he was one of our own boys. There must be old readers who remember seeing him run at one of the many athletics meetings held at Eden Grove.

Born in 1927 from a working class background, Brian was a member of The Doncaster Plant works Athletic Club. The club was based at Eden Grove, Hexthorpe. He was just one of several international stars the club produced. Shenton’s crowning achievement was gaining the gold medal at the 1950 European Athletics Championship in Brussels in the men’s 200 metres, in a time of 21.5 seconds. He was the first Briton to win a major sprint title. He was part of the British team that first topped the medal table with a medal count that would not be matched for a further 40 years.

Representing England he won the silver medal at the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand in the 4×110 yard relay and won an individual silver medal in the 220 yard dash at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada.

See the current issue of the Hexpress for more details.