He’s a quiet 87 year old gentleman whom you’ll see every day walking across the Alfred Major or down to the shops in that distinctive hat of his.
Stan has lived in Cookham since 1951 three years after representing Great Britain in the Olympic marathon. “We were provided with a running vest, but the shorts, and running shoes we had to buy ourselves.” It was a scorching hot day – 90 degrees – and Stan registered his worst time ever finishing 30th as the women’s high jumping was coming to an end in the stadium!
After that Stan turned to teaching and used to run to his school in Wycombe every day. For 12 years Stan was on the Parish Council promoting sports and footpaths. He got them to plant that big Cedar tree in the Alfred Major.
Before retiring he was a special needs teacher at Holyport Manor and now Stan paints a bit himself. The little chain on his jacket is Stan’s support for the Break the Debt campaign.