Edited to add: Since posting this in 2012 I’ve come to have doubts about the accuracy of the information I was given.
Chinnor Crescent has probably barely changed since it was the home of Harold Whitlock, winner of a gold medal in the 50 kilometre walk at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. In a recent article in the Ealing Gazette a resident reminisced about the modest man who could be seen training in this and neighbouring streets. He must have been hard to miss as he practised the strange waddling gait of the race walker. He maintained his fitness throughout his life, taking part in the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 and competing until he was in his seventies. He eventually became a race coach and judge, published “Race Walking” in 1957 and was awarded the MBE in 1966 for services to athletics. Mr Whitlock was employed as a mechanic at Brooklands at the time of his triumph in Berlin, tuning race cars at record attempts, and later at a local garage near Sudbury Hill station. Click here to see the Pathe News report on his medal winning effort in 1936.
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