Beryl Burton

Beryl Burton ( born May 12, 1937 in Halton as Beryl Channock; † 5 May 1996 Harrogate ) was an English racing driver. She dominated the British women's cycling from the end of the 1950s to the 1980s.

Cycling career

Beryl Charnock started cycling at the age of 15 years, when she met the amateur racer Charlie Burton, who in 1955 became her husband. Getting attention it attracted, as she took in 1957 at the British Championships over 100 miles to second place. In 1959 she won the national championships over 25, 50 and 100 miles, thus the title "British Best All- Rounder " which they could keep for 25 years. Burton presented at numerous national records that had some inventory until her death in 1996. In total, she won 90 national titles.

Beryl Burton relatively rarely launched internationally, but won seven world championship titles, including two on the road and fifth in the 3,000 m individual pursuit on the track.

At the height of their power force succeeded Burton even to beat male rivals. She presented in 1967 to a twelve-hour record, which was two years better than that of men. Your last title she won in 1986. At a training ride they succumbed to a heart attack.


1960 Beryl Burton received an entry in the " Golden Book of Cycling". In 1964 she was appointed Member of the British Empire ( MBE) and 1968 Officer of the British Empire. In 2009, she was inducted into the " British Cycling Hall of Fame". In her home town of Morley, there is a park that bears her name. From Harrogate to Knaresborough leads the Beryl Burton Cycle Way. In memory of them the " Beryl Burton Trophy" is extended in the UK.


Even Burton's daughter Denise was cyclist. 1972 were both members of the British National Team. Together, mother and daughter presented in 1982 a British record for 10 miles on the tandem. When the daughter, however, in 1976 the road race at the British Championships won against the mother, refused this, to shake their hand.


  • Personal Best The Autobiography of Beryl Burton, Springfield Books, 1986

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