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Donna Hartley
Medal record
Women’s athletics
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Bronze 1980 Moscow 4x400 m relay
Representing  England
Commonwealth Games
Gold 1978 Edmonton 400 m
Gold 1978 Edmonton 4x400 m relay

Donna Hartley-Wass MBE, born Donna-Marie Louise Murray and formerly known as Donna Hartley (1 May 1955[1] – 7 June 2013[2]), was a British athlete.

She was born in Southampton, England in 1955. She was a south of England sprint champion, and won the AAA's 200 metres in 1972 then the 400 metres in 1975. In 1977 she was U.K. 400 metres champion. In 1977 she married fellow athlete Bill Hartley. The marriage later ended in divorce.

In 1978, she won two Commonwealth gold medals in Edmonton, Canada, where she won the 400 metres,[3] and the 4x400 relay. In 1979 she was European cup semi finalist winner in both 400, and 400 relay again. She also was runner up in European cup finals in 1975, and 1977 in 400, and 400 relay again.

In 1980, she competed at the Moscow Olympic Games where she won a bronze medal in the 4 x 400 relay.[1]

Career after athletics[edit]

After retiring from athletics Hartley married Robert Wass, better known as comedian and actor Bobby Knutt. As Donna Hartley-Wass, she competed for several years on the UK women's body building circuit, winning the National Amateur Body Building Association's "Miss Britain Physique" trophy in 1988, having placed third the previous year.[4] Her bodybuilding career was short-lived and for several years after that she ran a Line Dancing School in Sheffield near the family home. Hartley-Wass featured on the front cover of Health & Strength Magazine.[5]

Hartley trained at a Sheffield health studio jointly owned by Bobby Knutt . Under the guidance of the health studio owner & ex Sheffield Wednesday coach Tony Toms, Hartley achieved national success very quickly on the women's Bodybuilding circuit.

She died while sunbathing in her back garden on 7th June 2013, being discovered by her husband of 26 years.[2]



  1. ^ a b "Donna Hartley". British Olympic Association. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Former GB Olympian Donna Hartley-Wass dies aged 58". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  3. ^ "COMMONWEALTH GAMES MEDALLISTS - ATHLETICS (WOMEN)". GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  4. ^ Hartley record at Musclememory
  5. ^ Magazine Cover

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1978 Commonwealth Games 4x400m relay - Donna Hartley

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Oakdale Leader

Oakdale Leader
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:15:00 -0700

Jack William Hartley, 88, passed away in his home on Monday, September 22, 2014, surrounded by his family, just one year after he lost his cherished wife of 65 years, Donna Hartley. He was born on November 21, 1925, the fourth child of Russell E. and ...

The Tennessean

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:41:15 -0700

“(The) Ghost Walk intertwines the diverse history of Sumner County with spine-tingling stories of haunts and mysterious happenings,” says tour creator and presenter Donna Hartley Lucas. “Gallatin's public square is called the most haunted public square ...

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:48:45 -0700

... Albertville – Ambassadors and other chamber reps will be on hand to celebrate the new senior housing community from 1 to 4 p.m. at the new Engel Haus, operated by Guardian Angels. Tagged With: Donna Hartley, I-94 West Chamber of Commerce, Kriss ...

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