Wednesday, 23 January 2019

A great read - Sydney Wooderson: A Very British Hero

A couple of years back I was following a blog by Rob Hadgraft 'The diary of a clapped out runner'.  Rob was researching a book on Sydney Wooderson.  The research was carried out in conjunction with his 60th birthday challenge to visit and run at 60 places where Sydney had ran during his illustrious career.

I followed Rob's progress with his challenge avidly and looked forward to reading the book.

The book was published last year but due to general circumstances I have only gotten around to reading it now.  Sydney Wooderson: A very British Hero' is a biography of possibly Britain's most popular sportsperson of the 1930's and 40's. 

Wooderson was a small, shy man who was for years the worlds fastest miler.  It was thought by many that he would be the first to break the 4 minute barrier for the mile, if it had not been for the intervention of World War 2.

Every race from schooldays to retirement is brought to life as the book sheds light on an almost forgotten sporting hero.

This book is a great read and I would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in our sport.

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