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first_imgBannister, Chataway and Brasher; the four-minute-mile was something of a team achievement; without his pace makers the good doctor might never have breasted the tape in time. Had he been just a fraction slower a foreigner would have taken the plaudits that Bannister now laps up; there might have been no honours from a grateful Empire, and no celebration fifty years on at Oxford’s slightly less famous Iffley Road athletics track. Perhaps there would have been no subsequent British obsession with middle distance running – an obsession which spawned the great Cram, Coe and Ovett. Bannister, as he would certainly be the first to acknowledge, owes his pacemakers a great deal. In fact, so much individual success is actually the result of teamwork; the result of minions sacrificing themselves for the good of their superiors. Lance Armstrong, that modern day hero, is literally pulled up those steep Alpine climbs by his team mates most of whom will have to drop out because of the sheer exhaustion of breaking the still air in front of their leader; Paula Radcliffe’s amazing London marathon records have been aided by (male) pacemakers and Michael Schumacher’s victories have so often come at the expense of his team-mates. Of course these three are among the most talented sportsmen and women of this, or indeed any other, generation. It is this talent that assures them of their greatness. Even the greatest, though, have to rely on others from time to time. Individual records are hardly ever so simple a feat as we are afterwards led to believe by the historians eager to dramatise events and glorify names – if it wasn’t you crossing the line then you hardly count, it seems. At a time when everyone (us included) is quite rightly singing the praises of Bannister, Cherwell asks that everyone takes a minute or four to remember those without whom it quite literally wouldn’t have been possible – Chataway, Brasher and all your like: we salute you.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004last_img read more

City of South bend to offer free Christmas tree disposal starting next week

first_img Google+ City of South bend to offer free Christmas tree disposal starting next week (“Christmas Tree Disposal” by Chris Marchant, CC BY 2.0) Pinterest WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Twitter Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ The City of South Bend will offer free Christmas tree disposal for residents within city limits from Monday, January 4 to Thursday, January 28. Christmas tree collection will take place on the same day as trash pickup. Residents can schedule their pickup by submitting an online request at southbendin.gov/treepickup or by calling 311.Residents are asked to follow the guidelines for safe and efficient tree pickup:All trees must be placed at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on the day of pickup. Trees should not be placed in the street or alley. Cars should not be parked on top or in front of the tree, as this could hamper crews from collecting it.All lights, ornaments, plastic coverings/wraps and metals, such as nails or tree stands, must be removed from the tree prior to pick up. Items left on trees can injure employees or seriously damage the tree shredding equipment, leaving it inoperable.Artificial trees and trees containing any metal, glass or wire will not be collected. Residents will be responsible for the proper disposal of these items.Free Christmas tree pickup only includes the removal of one tree per household. Additional Christmas trees can be removed and billed at a rate of $10 per tree. After January 28, any Christmas tree pickups scheduled will be used as the residents’ free monthly yard waste extra pickup. For more information on Christmas tree disposal, visit southbendin.gov/treepickup or call 311. Facebook By 95.3 MNC – December 29, 2020 0 190 Pinterest Facebook Previous articleJoliet woman arrested after alcohol-fueled crash on U.S. 12Next articleMan accused of armed break-in at former workplace near Middlebury 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more