Former Athletics Weekly editor Mel Watman, who has been writing on the sport for half a century, pays tribute to Britain's most successful athletes...
Walter George, who revolutionised miling in the 1880s
to Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell of Chariots of Fire fame
to Mary Rand, Lynn Davies and Ann Packer
to Mary Peters
to Seb Coe and Steve Ovett
to Linford Christie and Sally Gunnell
to Colin Jackson and Jonathan Edwards and Denise Lewis
and to Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe.
The book, which runs to 242 pages plus 32 pages of photos, features in-depth profiles of 78 athletes while more than 500 appear in a British Honours List which details their main career achievements.
Seb Coe, who Watman rates as Britain's greatest ever athlete after his unique feat in retaining the Olympic 1500 metres title in Los Angeles in 1984, took time out from running Britain's preparations for the 2012 Games to write the foreword. He said: '...he has lovingly and painstakingly chronicled those individuals who have left a nation with some of the most breathtaking moments in our sporting history... I know that this book will relive those moments for everybody that reads it.'
... a tremendous read for all sports followers containing many previously unknown happenings and anecdotes about some of our Olympic medallists and world record breakers.