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Born: 1929-03-23
Profession: Athlete
Nation: British
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Our house was bombed, and the roof fell in. We were sitting under the stairs of the basement, and we were quite safe, but it brought home the realization. In two nights 400 people were killed in small town.

Tags: Home, House, Small

The Athletic Association competed against the University. So there was an event. You cannot break world records unless it is an established event, and you have three timekeepers, and the whole thing is organized.

Tags: Against, Cannot, Whole

When I was about to break a world record and become well known, my mother used to say that for her the important thing was for me to become a doctor - a career which had not been possible in her generation and in her society. Sport was something to be set aside.

Tags: Career, Mother, Society

You get very tired, and there was a certain amount of pain and you slow up. Your legs are so tired that you are in fact slowing. If you don't keep running, keep your blood circulating, the muscles stop pumping the blood back and you get dizzy.

Tags: Keep, Pain, Tired

Your spikes, which were really quite long then, would catch the material of the track and your shoe would get heavier. I was simply filing them down and rubbing some graphite on the spikes. I thought I would run more effectively.

Tags: Quite, Run, Thought

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.

Tags: Effort, Once, Win

I was always a great bundle of energy. As a child, instead of walking, I would run. And so running, which is a pain to a lot of people, was always a pleasure to me because it was so easy.

Tags: Energy, Great, Pain

The reason sport is attractive to many of the general public is that it's filled with reversals. What you think may happen doesn't happen. A champion is beaten, an unknown becomes a champion.

Tags: Happen, May, Reason

Athletics is a luxury.

Tags: Athletics, Luxury

I raced supremely well. I felt I was as well fitted to do it as I had ever been, and as perhaps I might ever be. I went climbing three weeks before, because I was feeling fed up with running.

Tags: Feeling, Might, Three

If there was the opportunity to climb a mountain, or to go ballooning, or some adventurous activity, I would always be keen to do it. I loved the countryside.

Tags: Activity, Loved, Mountain

Life was very simple. My parents had come from the North of England, which is a fairly rugged, bleak, hard-working part of England, and so there was not the expectation of luxury.

Tags: Life, Parents, Simple

My concentration was really on getting to university and becoming a doctor. My parents let me know that school marks were important. Achievement was something which came by hard work.

Tags: Parents, School, Work

I enjoy singing, and the instruments which truly move me are the horn, the trumpet and the cello.

Tags: Enjoy, Move, Singing

I found longer races boring. I found the mile just perfect.

Tags: Boring, Found, Perfect

It had always been a British preoccupation to hold this mile record.

Tags: British, Hold, Mile

I came from such a simple origin, without any great privilege, and I would say I also wanted to make a mark. It wasn't until I was about 15 that I appeared in a race.

Tags: Great, Simple, Wanted

I couldn't disappoint people. I did not want to fail and exhaust myself, because I was the kind of runner who trained so little that I couldn't race again within another 10 days.

Tags: Again, Another, Days

I lived on the top of one hill and the school was at the top of another hill. Nobody ever went to school by car - we didn't have any cars during the war. So that to and from school was itself a training.

Tags: Car, School, War

I think that is a universal adolescent feeling, trying to find your place. The adolescent who is perfectly adjusted to his environment, I've yet to meet.

Tags: Feeling, Place, Trying

I wanted to be a neurologist. That seemed to be the most difficult, most intriguing, and the most important aspect of medicine, which had links with psychology, aggression, behavior, and human affairs.

Tags: Difficult, Human, Wanted

I was involved in music, acting, and some running, but my firm wish was to become a doctor. That was the formative age when I had decided on the pattern of my career.

Tags: Age, Career, Music

I was playing rugby and the other games English school children do, and there was an event in which races were run, and I won these by a considerable margin.

Tags: Children, Playing, School

I've always been very impatient. At age 10 I frankly found life boring, and I can remember age 9 having the awful thought, as it seems now looking back on it, A war! That should liven things up a bit!

Tags: Age, Life, War

It's a question of spreading the available energy, aerobic and anaerobic, evenly over four minutes. If you run one part too fast, you pay a price. If you run another part more slowly your overall time is slower.

Tags: Another, Energy, Time

May is a very early time in the year and the weather is usually bad. You cannot run a fast mile race if there is a strong wind, because it makes your running uneven.

Tags: Bad, Strong, Time

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Mothers, unless they were very poor, didn't work. Both of my parents had to leave education. My mother had to work in a cotton mill until 18 or 19, when she took some training in domestic science.

Tags: Education, Science, Work

My athleticism was really the core to social acceptance, because in those days the overwhelming number of students came from more of a public school background than I did.

Tags: Acceptance, School, Social

My family actually lived in the same village for about 400 years. They had great stability until the last century. People lived and intermarried in small villages.

Tags: Family, Great, Small

My introduction to track racing was through the background of cross country running, which is not a sport perhaps as popular in America as it is in England.

Tags: America, Country, Racing

I am fully persuaded that thousands of our fellow-men might profit equally by a similar course to mine; but, constitutions not being all alike, a different course of treatment may be advisable for the removal of so tormenting an affliction.

Tags: May, Might, Mine

Yet the evil still increased, and, like the parasite of barnacles on a ship, if it did not destroy the structure, it obstructed its fair, comfortable progress in the path of life.

Tags: Evil, Life, Path

I am most thankful to Almighty Providence for mercies received, and determined still to press the case into public notice as a token of gratitude.

Tags: Gratitude, Public, Thankful

My other bodily ailments have become mere matters of history.

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At one time I thought the Editor of the Lancet would kindly publish a letter from me on the subject, but further reflection led me to doubt whether so insignificant an individual would be noticed without some special introduction.

Tags: Doubt, Thought, Time

Experience has taught me to believe that, these human beans are the most insidious enemies man, with a tendency to corpulence in advanced life, can possess, though eminently friendly to youth.

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Few men have led a more active life - bodily or mentally - from a constitutional anxiety for regularity, precision, and order, during fifty years' business career, from which I had retired.

Tags: Business, Life, Men

For the sake of argument and illustration I will presume that certain articles of ordinary diet, however beneficial in youth, are prejudicial in advanced life, like beans to a horse, whose common ordinary food is hay and corn.

Tags: Diet, Food, Life

I am now in that happy comfortable state that I do not hesitate to indulge in any fancy in regard to diet, but watch the consequences, and do not continue any course which adds to weight or bulk and consequent discomfort.

Tags: Diet, Happy, State

It is true I gained muscular vigour, but with it a prodigious appetite, which I was compelled to indulge, and consequently increased in weight, until my kind old friend advised me to forsake the exercise.

Tags: Friend, Old, True

My diminished girth, in tailor phraseology, was hardly conceivable even by my own friends, or my respected medical adviser, until I put on my former clothing, over what I now wear, which is a thoroughly convincing proof of the remarkable change.

Tags: Change, Friends, Medical

The great charm and comfort of the system is, that its affects are palpable within a week of trial, which creates a natural stimulus to persevere for few weeks more, when the fact becomes established beyond question.

Tags: Fact, Few, Great

The very gradual reductions in my weight which I am able to show, may be interesting to many, and I have great pleasure in stating them, believing that they serve to demonstrate further the merit of the system pursued.

Tags: Able, Great, May