George Crane was a constant top performer in races from one mile to 26 during the 1950’s until the early 1970’s. He was particularly active during the 1960’s and during nearly three decades of competition established himself as a high level competitor who always demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship. In fact, he was a role model for all runners with his sportsmanlike attitude that was his trademark in various races.
In 1950 he won his first major event with a first place finish in the Daily News 26 mile marathon. He would later record second and third place achievements in marathon.
It was in 1960 that he won the Telegram 10 mile event and he participated in 16 Telegram 10 races at a time when a dozen or so runners were the normal entries.
He recorded a distance running career that always included a finish in the top three or four and under various circumstances always completed the distance involved. In addition to his exceptional distance career, he continuously established victories in one, two and three-mile events especially at weekly indoor track meets held at the C.L.B. Armoury.
It has been said that his character of competitiveness and great sportsmanship has enhanced the sports fraternity within Newfoundland and Labrador.
Running for the C.L.B. he was a constant contributor to the high level of club results that the Brigade became known for. In a quiet unassuming yet effective manner, he provided great leadership for a large number of C.L.B. distance performers who followed him.
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