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February 2018: Land of the Prince Bishops

County Durham is not perhaps well-known as a tourist destination, that very fact surely making it worth visiting, but it does enjoy a wealth of ...More
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Chris Brasher

In marathon season it is time to remember Chris Brasher, co-founder of Londonís version of the race. It is also 30 years since the inaugural holding of what has now become a British institution, attracting the finest in the world along with grandparents, blokes in silly costumes, and insurance workers from Norwich raising money for Samaritans. Brasherís vision went beyond just staging that great spectacle in the capital: he wanted to prove Britain could host major athletic events, and so may have laid a foundation stone for the 2012 Olympics. His own athletic credentials were equally impressive: the pacesetter for the first two laps of Roger Bannisterís four-minute mile; and a gold medallist in the 1956 Olympic Games. A real hero, like all those facing the prospect of running 26 miles 385 yards through Londonís streets.

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Aim for the sky and you'll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you'll stay on the floor. - Bill Shankly
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Battle of Bramham Moor - 1408, Treaty of Westminster signed - 1674, First Man Utd Match at Old Trafford - 1910, 1st episode of Eastenders - 1985, Cocker's Contempt for Jackson at Brits - 1996
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