Paul Hayward traces Sebastian Coe’s remarkable rise from working-class Yorkshire lad to Olympic mastermind in Running My Life.
His father, Peter, who oversaw his athletic rise, was a communist sympathiser who joined the Merchant Navy to avoid swearing allegiance to the Crown. When Coe failed the 11-plus, Peter declined to spoon out fees and sent him to Hugh Clopton Secondary Modern in Warwickshire. Coe writes: “If I had ended up at a third-rate public school I would never have gone on to do what I’ve done.”
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