Donna Hartley (1st May 1955 to 17th June 2013)


Donna was an British athlete and mainly known as a sprint champion. In 1978 she won two Commonwealth Games gold medals in Edmonton in Canada. In 1979 she was European cup semi-finalist winner in both 400, and 400 relay again. She was also 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.


After retiring from athletics she married actor and comedian Bobby Knutt (real name Robert Wass). She transferred onto the UK women's body building circuit, winning the National Amateur Body Building Association's "Miss Britain Physique" trophy in 1988. After bodybuilding she ran a Line Dancing School in Sheffield. Sadly her husband found she’d died of a heart attack while she was sunbathing in their back garden in Elsecar. She's buried with Bobby here.


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