Bruce Wilson writes.
“I was just sent this photo of Ian Saunders. Ian had attended Loughborough College where he was originally coached by Robbie Brightwell of 1964 Tokyo Olympics 400m fame. The picture shows him with coach Peter Schofield at what looks like the Dane Road track.
Ian passed away a few years ago now from an aggressive form of MS but was a major sprint star for Sale in the 70's.
He enjoyed training (very competitively!) with our group (which included Derek Price, Martin Ollier, Rob Brown, Karl Hamilton and Earl Tulloch) and was a lot of fun.
I remember on one dark, cold windswept evening training with Ian Saunders under the floodlights when he challenged GB 800m star John Davies to a 6 x 200m jog-backs, averaging 26 seconds per 200m - saying that a 100m/200m sprinter could always beat an 800m jogger.
John Davies took up the challenge and fully expected to win over a speed endurance type training regime. I kept up with them until the 6th 200m by which time I was totally spent and had to collapse beside the track - so was John Davies who also was forced to give up and Ian went on to blast around the 6th 200m in 26 seconds with a grim smile of satisfaction on his face.
The above photo was sent to me recently by a girlfriend I had at the time and hadn't been in contact with for over forty years.
Usually Ian would train until the group gradually fell out, until there was just Ian and myself left running - only then would he look across at me and say "I thought they would never quit Pal" and only then was happy enough to come to a halt.
(former Sale 100m/200m; long jump; high jump - and occasional 110m hurdles/400m/400m hurdles and triple jump competitor when the club was short! My guess is that over the years I competed for Sale Harriers in the 60's and 70's (aged 16 to 27) on any given League or Cup competition I would have been the busiest athlete on the field, also always taking part in the 4 x 100m relay and sometimes pressed into the 4 x 400m as well.)
Posted 10/05/2016 10:13