Kane, Harry (Part 2 of 5). An Oral History of British Athletics
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Interviewee's workshop, Wembley, London
Kane, Harry, 1933- (speaker, male)
Cutler, Rachel (speaker, female)
Part 2: Selection for AAA side. 1950s - 1956 hurdles champion.Selection for national side. England then Great Britain.Also selected for 4x400 relay teams.Some 200metre hurdles running. Hero of this event was Peter Hildreth. Competing against international stars (Litiev?) in the AAA Open meeting.London versus Moscow.1955 very good year for Harry.Discussion of relationship with Coach and London Athletic Club.Finding grounds to train at across London including Motsper Park, Parliament Hill Fields, Paddington etc.Training alone and as special athlete under John Mesurier.Fitting work in with training. Discusses method and philosophy of training.AAA officials.Fran Stamford coached for a while.Brian Houston? Good friend and athletic colleague at this time.Being part of the elite. Left home during this time - moved to West London.Relationship between father and stepmother. Other siblings from father's second marriage.Discusses John Mesurier.More detail about training - missed sessions relied on natural talent.Discussion of issue of class in athletics - amateur and no money, affected work.International meets.Remembers White City stadium.More discussion of training. Vancouver Empire and Commonwealth Games 1954 and Berne European Games 1954.Expected to win both but got silver medals. Detail of races. Feelings before event.Disappointed - talks of mistakes. Met and fell in love with a woman in Vancouver and had opportunity to work there - relationship ended and job fell through. Officials and team managers of GB team Les Truelove assistant, Jack Crump Board Secretary (British O A B) effectively manager.Discusses Jack Crump in greater detail. The power he wielded.Stories about officialdom:Had to insist on expense entitlement in Vancouver. Entitlement to fruit and postage for letters.Houston? Stood up for the athletes against the officials. 'University Brigade' - the Oxbridge athletes and the rest. Operated in two camps for training etc. They received better treatment because they were university boys and 'untouchable.'
Interview with 400m hurdler Harry Kane