James Kibblewhite; Fastest Man in Purton

James Kibblewhite surrounded by his trophies, photo display
Purton Museum
Kibblewhite Cup
Purton Museum

In a previous post I wrote upon the 200th anniversary of the founding of our Village Cricket club; however cricket isn’t the only sporting activity in Purton, we also have a football team, a bowls club and a tennis centre.

Also James Kibblewhite, who was a nationally famous athlete. He was born in Purton in 1866 and began his career as an athlete in 1884, representing Swindon Harriers initially.

James enjoyed phenomenal success in his running career; competing over multiple distances he won a total of £1200 and picked up many a championship trophy.

Unfortunately his decade long reign was over by the time the modern day Olympics started in 1896.

He died at the age of 75 in November 1941

Purton museum has a display devoted to Mr Kibblewhite.  Centre stage is the Kibblewhite cup.

The Kibblewhite cup was awarded to him upon victory in the 25 Guineas race in Stourbridge, August 1886. This cup was later held by Braydon Forest School and used as their athletic trophy for many years, but now is permanently in the village museum.

Thank you to Tony and Janet Neate for the pictures


Purton Museum website



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  • Thanks for the record, Rebecca. James was my great, great grandfather. My mother and I were just reminiscing about running in the family and Kibblewhite past glory and we found your post. James had a son Edward who moved to Canada who was also an accomplished runner, and a grandson that went on to the Olympics for Canada in 1928

    By Brendan Wilson (09/02/2022)

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