A selection of books about the Olympic Games

About the British Library’s sport-related collections and how they can help researchers to find out more about the Olympic Games, and especially the London Olympics of 2012.

Written by Gillian Ridgley of our Social Science Research and Collections team, and her guests.


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15 October 2010


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Tom Roper

I was intrigued to see http://diamondgeezer.blogspot.com/2010/09/olympic-marathons.html from Diamond Geezer on the routes for 1908 and 1948. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed the 1948 route.
There's lots of activity around the 2,500th anniversary of the battle of Marathon too: http://www.marathon2500.org/.

Gill Ridgley

Hi Tom. Took a look at the 1948 marathon route as described by Diamond Geezer: "Wembley Stadium, Kingsbury, Queensbury, Stanmore, Edgware, Mill Hill, Borehamwood, Radlett, Watling Street, Elstree, Stanmore, Queensbury, Kingsbury, Wembley Stadium" The route definitely has a post-war austerity ring to it and I can't say I would have liked to do it either. I wonder how many spectators turned out?

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