Mile News

Running with Roger Bannister put Cecil Walkley on track for a long & athletic life

March 17, 2018

"I've had a wonderful life. Not complaining. And I hope it hasn't ended yet."

By Emily Piesse, ABC News

Sporting greats, African dictators and John Wayne — Cecil Walkley has packed plenty in to his 88 years. And running — lots of running.

These days, the dedicated middle-distance runner still pounds the track in suburban Perth every Thursday night, at the Ern Clark Athletics Center in Cannington.

"It's exhilarating. I think that's the right word to use," he says.

But years ago, at the peak of his career, the former doctor ran against one of the greats — sub-4 minute Mile record breaker Sir Roger Bannister, who died two weeks ago.

"I started curiously enough when I was in Egypt at the age of 10," Dr. Walkley says.

A life forged in war
Born at a Hill Station in Murree, Pakistan to British parents, Dr. Walkley's childhood was shaped by war.

His father, a quartermaster in the Royal Army Medical Corps, was posted to Egypt in 1938, taking his young family with him.

They were evacuated with other families to South Africa a few years later, before returning to England on a troop carrier.

"We got bombed several times in the Mediterranean," Dr. Walkley recalls.

"Then when I got back to Britain, I was sent off to boarding school."

Continue reading at:

Tags: roger bannister (172) , cecil walkley (1)

Facebook Comments

Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

Become a Mile Maniac member or a BBTM sponsor today! Join us, and go Mile!

Join Us

Thanks for joining the movement and being a Mile Maniac. We'll keep you up to-date with our Mile wires as well as exclusive contests and opportunities. Help us spread the word by sharing our site and joining us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!