Names on the buses

680 George Larner




Connections with Brighton and Hove : George Larner was a Brighton policeman who won two gold medals in the 1908 summer Olympic Games which were held in London. He came first in the ten-mile walk ahead of fellow Brits Ernest Webb and Edward Spencer in a world best time of 1 hour, 15 minutes and 57.4 seconds. Not content with that, Larner beat Webb and New Zealander Harry Kerr in the 3500 metre walk, in the excellent time of 14 minutes 55 seconds. He was more than a minute in front. Larner set a number of other world walking records including those for three and four miles in Brighton in 1905, He also broke the records for the two-mile walk in 1904 and for five miles in 1907. In 1910, he published Larner's Text Book: Walking Pleasure, Exercise, Sport. He said: "Walking barefoot over wet grass is a most excellent method of hardening and strengthening the feet, and it might be as well to mention here, that when circumstances permit, all clothing should be removed for a run round a secluded garden, especially if it be raining at the time." In his day he was one of the most famous British athletes but by the time he died in 1949 he had been largely forgotten.

680 Scania Omnidekka - carried name since delivery in October 2007 in Regency livery. Branding removed October 2009. Regency branding changed March 2011.