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Mick Strong
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151 of 160  Fri 20th Oct 2023 3:45pm  
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On 20th Oct 2023 12:07pm, Harrier said: One evening not long after I came to Coventry, I went for treatment for any injury. I never thought pysios were much cop, but my injury was dragging on and an athlete will do anything to get back running as quickly as possible. Before me being treated was a scrawny kid about 12 years old. When it wa my turn I got to talking with the physio who told me that the kid he had just treated was going to be a good athlete, a really good athlete I was sceptical, really sceptical. How could you tell I enquired,' You can tell'.. Of course the kid was Dave And again on another occasion , the patient before me was a greyhound (!). I kid you not. He?she?it had a bit of a strain. In six days time, he /she /it was running in the BBC Greyhound Derby final, in 1968, the event was a big deal. I got to talking witth the the physio. He/she/it will win , he assured me. How could you tell I enquired. 'You can tell. ' the dog did win and the physio got it right about Dave as well!!!!!!
Hi Harrier, was the physio Stan Duncombe??
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Rob
Wimborne
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152 of 160  Fri 20th Oct 2023 4:04pm  
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Or could it have been Mick Crossfield?

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JohnnieWalker
Sanctuary Point, Australia
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153 of 160  Fri 20th Oct 2023 8:28pm  
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On 20th Oct 2023 10:22am, Rob Orland said: I wonder if he had any inkling at that time, that just 5 years later he would be the fastest man in the world over 5,000 metres?
I went on the Godiva tour down the Rhine Valley and ending at Lido di Jesolo, I remember a precocious kid who oozed confidence and quite probably had expectations of what was to come! Thumbs up
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Harrier
Coventry
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154 of 160  Sat 21st Oct 2023 1:33pm  
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My future wife probably went on that tour as well - organised by Duff Rees??
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Harrier
Coventry
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155 of 160  Sat 21st Oct 2023 1:37pm  
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On 20th Oct 2023 4:04pm, Rob said: Or could it have been Mick Crossfield?
Ten out of ten Rob. Go to the top of the class and give the pens out. I will sort out a photo of Mick and post it.
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JohnnieWalker
Sanctuary Point, Australia
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156 of 160  Sat 21st Oct 2023 8:18pm  
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On 21st Oct 2023 1:33pm, Harrier said: My future wife probably went on that tour as well - organised by Duff Rees??
I think it was - Duff was a nice guy and a great coach! Quite a few future greats were on that tour, including Juan and Dick Taylor and a future Sheila Carey,
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Rob
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157 of 160  Sat 21st Oct 2023 8:29pm  
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On 21st Oct 2023 1:37pm, Harrier said:
On 20th Oct 2023 4:04pm, Rob said: Or could it have been Mick Crossfield?
Ten out of ten Rob. Go to the top of the class and give the pens out. I will sort out a photo of Mick and post it.
I thought it might be Mick. As a kid in the mid to late sixties, I was part of his training group. I fondly remember the Birmingham League and other road and cross country races. Also, the annual trips to Merthyr Mawr training camp in South Wales. Other members of the group included Don Anderton, David Moorcroft, Paul Eales, Ray Maule and Robin Godfrey. Happy days!
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Harrier
Coventry
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158 of 160  Sun 22nd Oct 2023 2:41pm  
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Once Mick persuaded a group of his lads to take part in a 'special' weight training session. He strung them along for a couple of weeks emphasising how effective the session would be, what a difference it would make to their training and so on and so forth. No one smelled a rat... so on the appointed Saturday morning a large group turned up at his house to find a stack of garden spades and forks which Mick had borrowed from all and sundry for the lads to dig and weed his garden. Fair do's, they all set too and Mick for his part provided plenty of food and drink for all the lads. He had a talented group but when he thought he could take them no further, he passed most of them over to the nationally renowned athletic coach and 'Gladiators' compere John Anderson. Mick was also in charge of one Coventry firms' apprentices, training them for the Apprentices' Sports. He coached at least one football team.
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Harrier
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159 of 160  Thu 1st Feb 2024 4:26pm  
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Went to Duff's 100th birthday a couple of months back!!
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JohnnieWalker
Sanctuary Point, Australia
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160 of 160  Thu 1st Feb 2024 7:21pm  
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Hope you sent him my regards! Lovely man and a good coach!
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