Rene Howell

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRene William•Howell
Used nameRene•Howell
Born19 December 1916 in West Ham, Greater London, England (GBR)
AffiliationsPolytechnic Harriers, Westminster (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


A clerical officer in the Civil Service, Rene Howell served with the Queen’s Royal Regiment in World War II. Before the War he was a member of the Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets Athletics Club, and after the hostilities, joined Finchley, and then the Polytechnic Harriers. Howell won the mile at the first post-war Essex County Championships, and also won the Southern Counties two-mile steeplechase title. Representing Surrey, he won the steeplechase at the 1947 Inter-County Championships, and also made his Great Britain début against France that year. Howell never won a AAAs title, but was third in the steeplechase in both 1948 and 1951,

Personal Best: 2 miles steeplecase – 10:38.6 (1947).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Rene Howell
3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) 7 h3 r1/2