On holiday last week I got a text from an old running friend, saying ‘A great man has died’. There could not have been a more appropriate way to describe the passing of Basil Heatley, on August 3. Basil’s principal kudos in athletics terms were an Olympic silver medal in the marathon in Tokyo […]
In another record-shattering day at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya became the third fastest woman in marathon history when she clocked 2.17.08, taking over two minutes off the 12 month old course record, and a minute off her own personal best, while more than hinting that, at 22, she might just […]
Oh dear! I watched Everest On The Track, the documentary of Roger Bannister and the four-minute Mile on BBC4 the other night with mounting interest, thinking that here we finally have a piece about sport, putting it into a political and historical context – with its preamble about World War Two and its potential for […]
QUICKSILVER, The Mercurial Emil Zátopek by Pat Butcher (published today, July 25, 2016*) Pat Butcher shared the company of quadruple Olympic gold medallist Emil Zátopek at international events on several occasions, dating back to the Games in Munich in 1972 when Emil was guest of honour.