Both Bannister and Disley competed in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics with Bannister coming fourth in the 1500 metres and Disley winning bronze in the 3000 metre steeplechase. That same year John Disley set the record for the traverse of the Welsh 3000s ... ‘His time might well have been less than seven hours had not threatening weather prompted him to set off an hour earlier than planned. As a result he kept arriving at his pre-arranged ‘pit-stops’ too early for his support teams. He continued, without food or drink, until he finally collapsed on top of Pen yr Oleu Wen. Fortunately, his support team on Carnedd Dafydd saw that something was amiss and came haring over to revive him....’ (extract from the excellent 14 x 3000 Cymru website). Bannister went on to break the four minute mile in 1954 and Disley was BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 1955.
|After shopping at Cotswold Outdoors|
I’m really glad I made it to this shrine to Everest in the heart of Snowdonia. The 60th anniversary is on 29th May and there will be a reunion at the hotel that weekend for the families of the expedition of which there is only one survivor, Jan Morris, who was the Times correspondent covering the story.