Nellie Batson Loines: In honour of a career in sport

Nellie Batson Loines (far right) and team-mates in Copenhagen, 1959. [MS 2739/3/1/4/6]

Nellie Batson Loines (far right) and team-mates in Copenhagen, 1959.
[MS 2739/3/1/4/6]

On this day in 1995, a noted national and international athlete, Nellie Batson Loines, passed away. Nellie was a native of Birmingham and had a highly successful track career, winning over 200 medals in track races.  Born on 12 February 1927 Loines entered her first competition as a member of the Small Heath Harriers sport club before the age of twenty.  She made a spectacular national debut, taking first place in both the 800 metre and one mile races at the 1947 Women’s Amateur Athletic Association competition at Chiswick.

Nellie Batson Loines was also an avid road walker and was co-founder of the first British international road walking team.  In 1959 they travelled to Copenhagen to successfully represent England against the Danish national team.  Amongst her papers can be found the itinerary for the visit, hosted by the Dansk Gangforbund, a member of the Danish Sports Federation (Central Association of Physical Training).

Itinerary for a visit to Denmark in 1959 [MS 2739/1/1/4]

Itinerary for a visit to Denmark in 1959
[MS 2739/1/1/4]

 After twelve years of regular competition, Nellie decided to retire from track to, in her words, ‘take things easy’. Following her retirement from athletics, she worked as a clerk at Wilsdon and Company until her death on 13 January 1995.

In 1960 Nellie Batson Loines was elected a lifetime member of the Small Heath Harriers and the collection attesting to her athletic achievements can be found in Archives, Heritage and Photography at the Library of Birmingham.

Kevin Roberts, Archivist       Nicola Crews, Archivist

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One response to “Nellie Batson Loines: In honour of a career in sport

  1. Sad passing of a renowned local athlete……….

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