Monday, 4 November 2013

Harry swaps Quidditch for the track

There were numerous press releases last week naming Harry Potter actor, Daniel Radcliffe as the person chosen to play Sebastian Coe in a film version of Pat Butcher's book The Perfect Distance.

The book, which is an excellent read, charts the rivalry between Coe and Steve Ovett.  Filming starts in Spring 2014 ready for release later in the year.

I have not seen any news as to who will be playing Steve Ovett yet. But if the film captures only half of the interest, tension and excitement the pair created in real life, then it should be a fantastic film.

Back in those days people tended to be in either the Coe camp or the Ovett camp as the pair ruled the world of middle distance running.  I must admit to being firmly in the Ovett camp.

All this publicity has prompted me to re-read another excellent book about Steve Ovett.  Coincidently a book to which Pat Butcher gives acknowledgement at the beginning of The Perfect Distance and that is Simon Turnbull's, Steve Ovett: The Portrait of an Athlete.

Written unfortunately, at the time during which Ovett refused to communicate with the press and published in 1983 this non the less does not detract from it being an excellent read.

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