To celebrate Milton Keynes 50th Birthday, MK Council are supporting an award at this year’s Sport Milton Keynes Sports Achievement Celebrations, to recognise a sports person who has served a club / sport over the past 50 years as an athlete/coach/volunteer.



Name: Milford Callow


Sport: Athletics


Past / Present Sporting Achievements:

Milford Callow has been a member of Wolverton AC (now Marshall Milton Keynes) for 62 years, after joining the club as a 20-year-old in 1955. He served as Chairman of the club between 1960 and 1975. In 1965 he founded and organised the first Wolverton 5 mile road race (his wife has officiated in every one of the 52 races held so far). Between 1975 and 1980 he organised the Milton Keynes Marathon – where the 1980 race was the Olympic Trial Race.

Milford has been the President of the Club since 1975. When the Club took over the management of the track at Stantonbury in 1997, Milford became Head Groundsman, leading team of three volunteers who did all the mowing, weeding and line marking, looking after the athletics stadium for 15 years before retiring in 2012.

Milford has always enjoyed competing for his club and competed on a regular basis for more than 50 years, enjoying the sport.


Continued Commitments to Sport:

Milford has, over the years, officiated at a large number of Buckinghamshire AA events on the road track and country, and was President of the Bucks AA early in the new millennium.

Milford and his wife still host two events each year from his house in Haversham, providing refreshments for 20-30 runners. The first is a club run in the summer and the second is the Watchless Wolverton 5 (where athletes start according to their predicted time and the winner is the one who gets closest to that predicted time – without access to a timing device).

Milton is still competing occasionally. He has never been a particularly fast runner, but for the entire 50 years of Milton Keynes he has been the backbone of the club, a stalwart who was always ready to roll up his sleeves to volunteer.