Sport: Glory, of a Kind

After Roger Bannister ran the four-minute mile a fortnight ago, all the world paid homage to the plucky runner (see RADIO & TV). Track Enthusiast George Oliver, a laborer at an R.A.F. station at Uxbridge. England, was particularly proud of his countryman. Oliver, 41, and a plodding marathoner, knew he could never aim at Bannister's kind of glory, but his love of running did get him in the news last week.

Oliver had his heart set on competing in the 16-mile foot race from Chichester to Portsmouth. But he could not afford the round-trip fare ($3.70) to Chichester.

Undaunted, he rose at 4...

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