Last Wednesday you may recall that I wrote a
begging pleading letter to Lord Coe listing the reasons I desperately wanted an Olympic ticket, (not just because I think he is scrummy either!) one reason was that from a very young age I was brain washed in the way of the Olympics due to Dad competing in two Olympic Games. I grew up thinking this was the norm, never really mentioned it to anyone, I thought everyone knew someone who was an Olympian and everyone’s family was glued to the Games on T.V every 4 years shouting at the competitors and commentators alike. It was not until later in life that I realised what an amazing achievement this was. Am very proud of him. Several of you enquired what event he took part in so thought I would enclose a pic to help and make this blog on Father’s Day about him. Locked knee and always one foot on the ground means he was (still is at times) a race walker and raced in the 20k and 50k walk in Melbourne 1956 and Rome 1960 and believe me can walk faster than I can run!
I often wonder how DNA gets assigned out and what I would have liked to have inherited from Dad (given the choice) and what I was given instead…….
Would have liked..
- His slight build
- His long legs
- His mathematical ability
- A little part of his brain power
- Ofcourse his athletic ability
Instead I was given
- His curly hair
- His freckles
- His sweet tooth
Really think the DNA giver outers were having a laugh!
Dad has come to London to watch me in the 2 marathons and more recently for the Bupa 10k. Through out my training he has been on the end of the phone, to offer such words of wisdom as ‘its all in the mind’ and ‘if you get a blister pop it by passing a darning needle with wool through it’ I know ewwww! Also very good to point out that unlike Mrs Radcliffe I worked and had a family to look after and no trainer, so although my marathon time was nothing in comparison to hers (she was home and having dinner by the time I finished) it in itself was an achievement all the same. Thanks Dad!
So to all you Dad’s out there and in to mine in particular ‘Happy Father’s Day’.
- Drove 130 mile round trip for fish ‘n’ chips
- Walked 4 miles round trip for fish ‘n’ chips
- Ran 6 miles when got home turns out chips are good running fuel
- Calories burned 640 (not sure this will be enough)
- 1 Mint Magnum eaten-delicious