‘As Tracey Morris crossed the finishing line of the London Marathon to gain her place in sporting history on Sunday, her Catholic trainer was looking on proudly from the sidelines.
Tracey stunned the athletics world when she clocked a time of two hours, 33 minutes which qualified her for the forthcoming Athens Olympics.
And as she enjoyed blanket coverage in the press, Steve O’Callaghan, an amateur coach and marathon runner himself recalled how he first recognised her ability when she joined his Leeds Valley Runners 18 months ago.
“We were cheering her on from the very start. I just wish we could have goaded her into running faster. I know she can do it,” he said.
Tracey’s previous long-distance running had been at school some 20 years ago, but put her running aside as she pursued her career as an optician, only taking it up again in 2001 when she ran the London Marathon for a blind charity.
But since then, she developed her skills training with Steve and her natural ability was spotted by national coach Bud Baldaro who won her a place in the starting line-up in London.
And after Sunday’s glory Tracey’s next competitive run will be in Athens at the Olympics after her place in the British team was confirmed on Monday by the Olympic selectors.
? Another marathon heroine was 40 year Catholic cancer suffered Jane Tumlinson who battled to the finish despite suffering severe pain from the eight mile stage.
Jane, from Rothwell near leads, has completed a gruelling series of events since being diagnosed with a terminal form of the illness in 2000 and has raised more than £485,000 for charity.’
Rome makes it a miracle as long as the papist mark can in some way be stamped on it. Ian Paisley