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The Ed­i­tor in­vites let­ters from read­ers for this fea­ture but re­grets that she is un­able to re­ply or ac­knowl­edge them, ex­cept by oc­ca­sional com­ment in these col­umns. Let­ters must con­tain the writer’s full name and ad­dress ( not nec­es­sar­ily for pub­li­ca­tion) and the Ed­i­tor re­serves the right to ab­bre­vi­ate where nec­es­sary. Please ad­dress your let­ters to: “Clip­pings”, Ev­er­green, The Lyp­i­atts, Lans­down Road, Cheltenham, Glos., GL50 2JA. Email: ed­i­tor@ ev­er­green­magazine. co. uk MADAM: The Derek Ibbotson ar­ti­cle ( Sum­mer 2017) re­minded me of the time when I briefly crossed paths with him dur­ing my Na­tional Ser­vice in the RAF. In the late sum­mer of 1955 I was posted to RAF Yates­bury in Wilt­shire to be trained as a radar me­chanic. Derek was sta­tioned there and, as a qual­i­fied elec­tri­cian, he was in charge of the standby bat­ter­ies for all the equip­ment. This duty ap­par­ently gave him time for ex­ten­sive train­ing as 1955 was the year when he started to break track records.

A few of us who tried to main­tain a rea­son­able level of fit­ness were some­times joined by Derek, and dur­ing our two cir­cuits of the grass track he would be do­ing three or more, al­ways with a smile and words of en­cour­age­ment.

A good pub quiz ques­tion concerns Derek: Who was the first per­son to run a four- minute mile?

Answer: Derek Ibbotson, not Sir Roger Ban­nis­ter.

Ex­pla­na­tion: Roger was the first per­son to run UN­DER four min­utes, whereas in 1958 Derek was clocked in EX­ACTLY four min­utes when fin­ish­ing sec­ond to the great Herb El­liot at the White City sta­dium. — MICHAEL CHERRY, WAR­WICK, BER­MUDA.

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