Ron Clarke

dave beaumont
17th June 2015, 02:59
Australian middle and long distance runner Ron Clarke passed away today. A great athlete.

17th June 2015, 07:41
I remember his races from the Pathe' Newsreels....

My favourite story .......... In 1968 Emil Zátopek invited him to Czechoslovakia where, at Prague airport, he handed him a package containing his 1952 medal......“Look after this, you deserve it,” Zatopek reportedly told him. It was the kind of sportsmanship that Clarke seemed to attract..............

17th June 2015, 09:35
Very sad news. Ron was a man of many achievements, who served the Gold Coast City, sometimes controversially, as mayor for eight years until he resigned to nominate, unsuccessfully, for state politics in 2012.
A good, well intentioned man, he was often misunderstood, but did a lot for charities.
RIP Ron.