Bill Berry - athlete, cyclist and coach

First published in Sport

Who is your sporting hero? I was first inspired by two athletes Gordon Pirie , an English distance runner and 1956 5000m Olympic Silver medal winner and Herb Elliot ,the Australian 1960 1500m champion.

Who is your sporting mentor? John Anderson, former Head Coach of British Athletics, from whom I learned a lot about coaching.

What is your best sporting moment? Watching Bob Matthews, an athlete I coached , win the Paralympic 5000m race in a packed stadium in 1992.

And the worst? Not fulfilling my potential as a runner.

Do you have any sporting ambitions? Not personally but to help the athletes, with whom I am involved, reach their full potential.

What was the last trophy you won? A Veteran Cycle 10mile Time Trial in 2007.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Ignore other athletes and perform your best.

What is the best piece of advice to give to a youngster? Think long term – success when you are young very rarely translates to senior success.

Do you have an superstitions? No.

What possession would you save if your house was burning down? After making sure my wife was safe my training diaries going back to 1960.

Which five people would you invite around for dinner? and why? Our close friends with whom we can be relaxed .

What hobbies do you have outside your chosen sport? Our main pastime is walking - especially in Herefordshire and South Shropshire.

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