St George’s Day Club honours Bill Nankeville as Englishman Of The Year 2013
Whilst having no formal association with Freemasonry, some of members are also members of The St George’s Day Club, which holds a celebratory lunch on England’s Patron Saint’s day each year at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, when a presentation is made to the clubs chosen ‘Englishman Of The Year’
This year’s award was presented to Bill Nankerville a British national champion mile runner who won the AAA mile title four times in five years between 1948 and 1952, his best recorded time was 4:08.8 set in 1949, Bill’s run of succees was interrupted in 1951 by another young man called Bannister.
Nankeville, Don Seaman, Roger Bannister and Chris Chataway set a world record time of 16 minutes 41 seconds for the 4×1 mile on 1 August 1953, as well as the world record 15:27.2 for the 4×1500 meters on the 23rd September 1953 running with Ralph Dunkley, David Law and Gordon Pirie.
Bill represented Great Britain in the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games, finishing sixth with a time of 3:52.6 in the 1948 1500 meters final and in 1956 his book ‘The Miracle of the Mile’ was published – his account of the events leading to Roger Bannister’s historic sub-four-minute mile.
By all accounts (some more hazy than others) a wonderful lunch was enjoyed by all – as too was the odd glass of wine, or three and a rousing sing song of some rather English hymns and wartime favourites.