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Posted by James O'Brien on July 27, 2012 at 14:21PM

It was London: A Tale of Two Olympics, by JE Leach, that alerted to me Bill Lucas's existence.

He ran the 5000m at the 1948 Olympics and judging by his spriteliness in the studio today, could probably make a decent fist of running it again no, despite being 95.

Much more impressive, though, were his exploits as a member of the RAF during the Second World War. Bill flew 81 missions and remains as devoted to raising money for the maintenance of the 6 million Bomber Command memorial unveiled by the Queen last month as he is to athletics, with 77 years and counting on the clock as member of Belgrave Harriers.

He also worked in insurance before what can only be loosely described as his 'retirement'. I wonder how many modern Olympians will lead lives that stand comparison with Bill's for variety, passion and patriotism. It is an over-used word thse days, but he really is a legend.


You can buy the book from Amazon - just stick the title or the author's name in the search box.