Monthly Archives: December 2016


  British Olympic marathoners, Tim Johnston (8th in Mexico 1968) and Donald Macgregor (7th in Munich 1972) have rendered a service to the English-speaking athletics world with their new and comprehensive biography His Own Man, of the life and trials of Dr Otto Peltzer (as he was invariably styled). The German has doubtless been overlooked […]

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  It was a chance remark by the 85 year old miracle-marathoner Ed Whitlock* which led me to do an internet search on Miruts Yifter ‘the Shifter’. Ed is in London visiting his sister and we met up for a chat in a Thamesside café this week. Ed happened to mention that he sees Yifter, […]

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