Stockton Wheelers, 1976

t13058This is a photograph of a group of us ‘younger’ Stockton Wheelers cyclists stood on the steps of the Doric column next to the Town Hall just before setting off on a Sunday club run. It was Stockton Wheelers Diamond Jubilee year of 1976 and I think this was a special Sunday run to celebrate the occasion. One of the riders in the photograph is Paul Curran who went on to win two commonwealth gold medals some years later.

Photograph and details courtesy of John Callender.

16 thoughts on “Stockton Wheelers, 1976

  1. I rode with Paul Curran many times as a friend but never joined the cycling club as many mentioned I also went to the Robert Atkinson then shipped off to the Dene school. I seem to recognise some faces in the picture but names elude me

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    • Yes, that is Simon Hart, and the blonde lad next to him is his mate Hilton McMurdo who went to Australia to live but still carried on cycling and became very successful in his racing.

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  2. Thought people would like to know the guy who took the picture was Stan Hilton from Billingham. He also used to write a cycling racing results column for the Evening Gazette about the same time.

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    • John,
      Many thanks for photo.
      Have you got any recent information about the excellent Stan Hilton,please, as I’d like to contact him about photos of road and track cycle racing which he took in 1970s.

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      • Sorry,just read your message.I used to have his e-mail address on my old computer but cant seem to find it now. If I do I will get back to you.
        John.

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  3. Hello John, You must have been one of the oldest on that picture.
    They were great days but by 1976 I had started working 7 days a week, started drinking, and I got a car and started fishing. I’ve got two bikes in the shed but the bloody roads are too fast for cyclists. I do about 19 miles a day walking me dog which keeps me happy.

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    • Yes Peter, about a year or so earlier you would probably have been in the picture with us, as I remember you were a pretty keen bike rider once over. Keep walking the dog, its still good exercise.

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  4. Stockton Wheelers I believe are still going strong to this day. I sometimes wished, as a young kid, that I had joined the Stockton Wheelers. But at that, I’m still at 57 years old, a good strong cyclist, cycling 70 miles a week and it keeps me in tip top condition and maybe I will join up with the Stockton Wheelers, one day.

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  5. Forgot to mention that the lad being pointed at by Ian Mc kenzie is Ian Murray who also rode for Great Britain in the junior world cycling championships.

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  6. Can anyone tell me if Stockton Wheelers are still functioning? As a matter of interest maybe, my Dad, Bill Russell and his brothers were members around 1940ish. Does anyone remember them, or better still have any photographs of them?

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    • I remember your dad Bill (Scottie) Russell he played for Stockton F.C. and later he was one of the driving force behind Norton C.C.T. football team which became Norton and Stockton Ancients. He was a modest gentleman who we only got to know he had played for Stockton when one of the old Norton players asked him about his father in law being in the same team.

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    • Yes that is Paul Curran with the two badges on his tracksuit top. The round badge shows that he was already the area schoolboy champion.

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  7. The guy at the back, just left of centre with long fair hair looks suspicously like Nigel Richardson from Thornaby, went to Robert Atkinson school with me if it is him.

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