I was recently working on gathering some documents on Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell the folk heroes of the film Chariots of Fire when I was contacted by Mike Tymn author of Running on Third Wind. Mike had heard about this blog through a friend of his Mike Waters who has become one of our regular readers. Mr. Tymn has generously lent us several chapters of his book for publication here on Once Upon a Time in the Vest. Running on Third Wind is available on Amazon for $14.95. There are about 12 shopping hours before Christmas, so you can probably still get it home by New Years. Other chapters will be seen in the near future.
Mr. Tymn's chapter is about the man who came second to Eric Liddell in Paris almost 100 years ago, one Horatio Fitch of the University of Illinois.
Harold Abrahams training film 1924 seen in training with his coach Sam Mussabini
Eric Liddell winning 400 meters Paris 1924
Everything that Fitch describes about the race can be seen in this video.
Abrahams wins 100 in Paris 1924
Eric Liddell brief bio 1min. 39 sec.
Although I was a distance runner I'm one of your viewers (probably a declining number) who remembers when a trowel was an indispensable tool in a sprinter's kit.
I can remember vividly watching the guys digging their starting holes in the cinder tracks at Rockne Stadium in Chicago and Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo.
They ought to make that film of Abrahams winning the 100 meters required viewing for today's dashmen.
Merry Christmas and