Updated: Jul 22, 2022
Len Morris 13/07/1933 – 2/7/2022
A link to the start of road racing promotion with the Wheelers has been lost with the passing of Len Morris at the weekend. Len rode the first ever road race promoted by the Club in 1955, along with his twin brother Arthur. Len was placed =11th that day, but Arthur was awarded Most Aggressive rider prize, but finished 2 mins down on the peloton in 19th place. They both rode for Harold Hill CC then and only lost the team prize on the day by 1 point.
The race was called the Southend Kermesse, although it was 90 miles around the Hanningfields. It was meant to have been on Southend Seafront, but permissions were not granted.
Len and Arthur were also both on the start line for the 1958 Tour of Britain Milk Race (the first one). The year before Len was 3rd in the BLRC National RR Championships and he won the Tour of the East Coast at Skegness.
They both also rode the Isle of Man International Race in their career.
Len continued to ride and race during the 1990’s and was a regular on the Tuesday and Thursday chain gang training bashes. He also showed his pedalling style off at Eastway and North Weald in Vets racing.
Southend Kermesse 1955 word result
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Another big results from Len's race career, with his twin brother Arthur in the top six.