Fri, 27 May 2016 21:32:00 +0100
Bob Cole was the equivalent of Mo Farah a century ago, but the Herefordshire runner is mainly known now for his eccentricity, rather than his ability. Steve Herington, himself a medal-winning Herefordshire athlete, insisted there was more to Cole than his long hair, love of wearing black and intense stare. Cole won the 10-mile Powderhall Marathon 11 out of the 13 times he competed. And he only failed to win on those occasions because he had to drop out. It’s surprising then, that Herington admitted he’d been running for the best part of 40 years without ever hearing about Cole. ”Bob was a rather solitary, reclusive man who lived most of his life on his own,” Herington told a Hay Festival crowd.
Cole was part of a series of local-themed events that will run for the whole festival.