Full Name: Ronald Jones
Date of Birth: 19 August 1934
Club: Birchgrove H, Woodford Green, Borough of Enfield H.
Few Welsh sprinters have been as successful as Ron Jones, who was part of a British world record quartet in 1963, won a succession of relay medals and a series of national titles. His life has been dominated by sport, and at the age of 66, in he was rewarded for his work with the development of youth sport in Wales through his role as director of Sports Aid Cymru Wales by receiving an MBE in the New Year’s Honours in 2001. Having established himself in track and field, he ended up playing a major role in three different football clubs.
Stacking Up The Medals
In 1962, Jones won two relay bronze medals at major championships at the European Championships in Belgrade and Commonwealth Games in Perth, a success which was compounded by eight Welsh titles at 100y/100m and four at 220y/200m. It was some period, because he set six Welsh records at 100y between 1958 and 1959 and a further five at 9.6-9.5 between 1962 and 1963.
His achievements though at the Olympic Games in Mexico lasted more than a generation. It was some Games for Jones. Having led the Welsh team at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston in 1966, he was the British team captain before his auto-timed 100m mark of 10.42 remained as the Welsh record until 1990.
Jones is best remembered though for being one of the quartet as Britain’s men broke the 4 x 110y world record at the White City Stadium on August 3, 1963. Along with Peter Radford, David Jones and fellow Welshman Berwyn Jones, the team ran 40.0 to beat the USA and earn their small part in British athletics history.
When Jones retired from athletics, he became involved in the administrative side of football. He progressed to become chief executive at Queens Park Rangers in 1976, having first joined the club in a part-time role to advise their coaching. Then he joined Cardiff City, before in 1988, he became managing director at Portsmouth prior to his position as director of Sports Aid Cymru Wales.
1958: qf 100y, 5th 4x110y Commonwealth Games
1962: sf 100y, 3rd 4x110y Commonwealth Games, 3rd 4x100m Europeans
1964: 8th 4x100m Olympics
1966: qf 100y, 4th 4x110y Commonwealth Games, sf 100m, 5th 4x100m Europeans
1968: qf 100m, sf 4x100m Olympics
1969: sf 100m, ht 4x100m Europeans
1970: qf 100y Commonwealth Games
UK Internationals: 31 (1959-70)
Won AAA 100m 1969, Welsh 100y 1956, 1959, 1963, 1965-8; 220y 1959, 1963, 1965; 100m and 200m 1970
100y 9.5, 9.76 (1963); 10.3, 10.42A (1968), 200m 21.3 (1963), 21.49 (1967), 440y 49.6 (1960)