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  • Patrick Feetham (Part 1)
    by John C. Fry on December 28, 2019 at 10:46 AM
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    Pat Feetham was a stalwart of British speed skating in the 1970's and 80's. A British Champion, European Champion and World medallist Pat went on to support the administration of the sport including taking on the role of national team manager. Here he is interviewed in Stevenage on 15th August 2014.

  • Chloe Ronaldson (Part 2)
    by John C. Fry on December 28, 2019 at 7:25 AM
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    Very few people in the roller speed skating world will not have heard the name Chloe Ronaldson. Winning a record number of senior female British titles as well as numerous World and European medals, she is undoubtedly one of the most widely recognised figures within our sport. Here, Chloe is interviewed at her London home on 11th September 2016.

  • Chloe Ronaldson (Part 1)
    by John C. Fry on December 28, 2019 at 7:24 AM
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    Very few people in the roller speed skating world will not have heard the name Chloe Ronaldson. Winning a record number of senior female British titles as well as numerous World and European medals, she is undoubtedly one of the most widely recognised figures within our sport. Here, Chloe is interviewed at her London home on 11th September 2016.

  • Kathy Smith
    by John C. Fry on December 28, 2019 at 6:55 AM
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    Kathy Smith was a multiple British Champion and European medallist in roller speed skating, but more than that she was a full time mother who juggled her sport with her family life and did both successfully. Here, Kathy and her husband, George, talk about her skating career at their home in Milton Keynes on 14th May 2016.

  • Jimmy Reed
    by John C. Fry on December 28, 2019 at 6:35 AM
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    Jimmy Reed is one of the most important figures in British speed skating. In the 1930's he was a class apart from the others. He was the first to get called up to represent Great Britain at a bone fide European Championships in 1936 and came away with gold. Interviewed at Huntingdon on 3rd December 2017 his daughter, Gladys Byrne, tells the story of not just his skating career but the hardships he endured to make sure that his family were looked after.

  • Ricky May
    by John C. Fry on December 28, 2019 at 6:11 AM
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    Ricky May was one of the 1960's most talented speed skaters. A British Champion, World Record holder and World medallist he was part of the elite when Britain was a force to be reckoned with. Her he is being interviewed at his home in Birmingham on 20th April 2012.

  • Pat Kirkham
    by John C. Fry on December 27, 2019 at 5:10 PM
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    Pat Kirkham was a pioneer of British women's speed skating when in 1953 she made up one third of the first ever British women's team at a World Championship, just missing out on a medal. Here she is being interviewed at her home in Birmingham on 22nd March 2015.

  • Pat Barnett
    by John C. Fry on December 27, 2019 at 4:52 PM
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    Pat Barnett was a multiple World Record holder and multiple World medallist throughout the 1960's. A recipient of the Vandervell Trophy she is seen here being interviewed at her North London home on 28th April 2013.

  • Mick McGeough
    by John C. Fry on December 27, 2019 at 8:47 AM
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    Mick McGeough competed for Great Britain over 3 decades. A multiple World Medallist, European Champion and British Champion he also managed the national team in the 1980's. Here he talks about his skating days from his home in Hertfordshire on 8th October 2011.

  • Les Woodley
    by John C. Fry on December 27, 2019 at 7:45 AM
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    Les Woodley was undoubtedly "the man to beat" in the 1950's and 60's. Not only was he a World medallist but his tally of 12 British titles was recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records for more than 20 years. Here he is being interviewed at his home in Birmingham on 22nd January 2012.

  • John Mullane
    by John C. Fry on December 27, 2019 at 7:19 AM
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    John Mullane is a former British and European roller speed skating champion, now residing in Adelaide, Australia. Here he is interviewed at the Birmingham Wheels Park on 9th April 2011.

  • Ian Ashby
    by John C. Fry on December 27, 2019 at 7:12 AM
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    Ian Ashby is a multiple British Champion, national team member and at one point the unofficial world record holder over 300 metres. Here he is being interviewed shortly before emigrating to Australia at his home in Sutton Coldfield on 26th August 2012.


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