Like many runners of whatever generation, Hugh had his heroes – in this case he and I agree that Herb Elliott was top of the list. Any list, any time, Herb was The Man. His coach Percy Cerutty was/is a legendary figure. The picture below needs no caption. Herb watches as Perce works on the bar.
All coaches have their wee sayings to motivate their athletes: don’t know how some of today’s athletes would take this challenge!
Percy conducts a ‘warm up’ wrestling match!
Coach and athlete enjoying each other’s company.
Lennart Strand with Herb Elliott and Percy Cerutty.
A remarkable photograph: the six athletes pictured set 50 world records and won 19 Olympic medals between them.
Standing: Paavo Nurmi, 16 world records and 9 Olympic medals; Hannes Kolehmainen 6 and 5; Ron Clarke 19 and 1; Marcel Hansenne 1 and 1; Laurie Lehtinen 2 and 2; Robert Pariente (journalist).
In front: Robert Bodin – Jazy’s coach, Michel Jazy 6 and 1.