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Bill Cotterell

Biographical information

Full nameWilliam Mandeville "Bill"•Cotterell
Used nameBill•Cotterell
Born10 February 1902 in Crowthorne, Bracknell Forest, England (GBR)
Died24 March 1986 in Worthing, West Sussex, England (GBR)
AffiliationsSurrey AC, Kingston-upon-Thames (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Bill Cotterell had a memorable year in 1924. He won the National Cross-county Championship, the International Cross-country Championship (both individual and team), the AAA 4-mile title, and was selected for the Olympics. His luck ran out the day after winning his AAA title, however, when the motorcycle he was riding was in collision with a London bus and he fractured a collar bone. This was just three weeks before the Paris Olympics and he was forced to miss the Games.

Cotterell served as a signalman in the Royal Corps of Signals and won many Command and national Army titles at both cross-country and distance running. He was runner-up in the International Cross-country Championship at Glasgow in 1922 and that year finished third in the AAA 4-miles, in a race won by the legendary Paavo Nurmi. Cotterell won the first of many Southern Counties cross-country titles in 1923 and, the following year, won the first of two national cross-country titles. He represented England in international matches against continental opposition on the track and at cross-county, and in 1929 Cotterell won the International Cross-country Championship for a second team. He was also a member of the winning England team twice, in 1924 and 1925.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Bill Cotterell
Cross-Country, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNS