Don't forget my dad; Book tells of Olympic hero.
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A FORGOTTEN Olympic hero from Teesside has been remembered in a new historical novel.
Oscar-winning movie Chariots of Fire told the story of British runners Eric Liddell Eric Henry Liddell (January 16, 1902 – February 21, 1945, Chinese name 李爱锐, Li Airui) was a Scottish athlete and Rugby Union international and the winner of the Men's 400 metres at the Olympic Games of 1924 held in Paris. and Harold Abrahams, who won gold at the 1924 Paris Olympics Paris Olympics
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But the film omitted one key character who played a part - a lad born in North Ormesby North Ormesby is an area in the town of Middlesbrough in the borough of Middlesbrough and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated just to the south of the River Tees and the A66, and is adjacent to the Cargo Fleet and South Bank areas of Middlesbrough. called Dick Ripley.
As Teesside hopefuls prepare for Beijing, a book by Dick's daughter Jennie Shurmer, called "The Forgotten Chariot", remembers his legacy.
As depicted in the 1981 film, Liddell pulled out of the 100m as he would not run on a Sunday due to his religious beliefs. He went on to win gold in the 400m, while teammate Harold Abrahams took gold in the 100m.
Chariots of Fire omitted the fact that - Liddell also dropped out of the 4 x 400m due to heats being run on a Sunday.
Dick, who was born in North Ormesby and grew up in Hartlepool, ran in the 4 x 400m relay team, winning bronze. But many believe that had Liddell been in the team, Britain would have won gold.
Weeks after the Olympics, with Liddell back in the squad alongside Dick, the British runners beat the American Olympic champions in the Empire Games at Stamford Bridge Stamford Bridge could be
Dick spent the rest of his life in the knowledge that, but for Liddell's religious stand, he would probably have won an Olympic gold Olympic Gold is the official video game of the XXV Olympic Summer Games, hosted by Barcelona, Spain in 1992. It was released for the Sega consoles, Mega Drive/Genesis and Master System, and Sega's handheld, Game Gear. medal.
His story has been recounted in a novel by his youngest daughter Jennie, 58.
She said: "Dick was just a normal working lad from the North-east. He ran in the 4 x 400m relay team and obtained a bronze medal.
"He found this a disappointment because the team that ran that day was not the one originally selected and the correct team should have taken gold."
Jennie, of Greta Avenue, Hartlepool, only realised the extent of her father's achievements after he died in Hartlepool aged 95 in 1996 and she went through his mementos.
She said he never quite got over Liddell's decision not to run on a Sunday.
"He felt Liddell shouldn't have let the team down," she said.
Dick was Northumberland and Durham champion at 440 yards for six consecutive years, an achievement that was never beaten.
He used his North Ormesby birth to qualify for the Yorkshire title and held that for at least one year.
After the Olympics, Dick beat French Olympic 400m runners, Teneveaux and Galtier, in an Amateur Athletic Association The Amateur Athletic Association of England (formerly simply the Amateur Athletic Association) or AAA (pronounced 'three As') is the oldest athletics organization in the UK, having been established in 1880. match against France.
The following year he won the same race with the fastest time in Europe.
In 1925 he was English 440yd champion and was the fastest English 400m/440yd runner. He achieved 17 individual titles and won 44 first prizes in open competition.
Injury forced Dick to retire from athletics prematurely, just before the 1928 Olympics and he worked as a gardener.
Jenny, a retired civil servant married to Stan, 62, with one son Tim, 24, said: "It was really quite thrilling finding out he was such a good athlete."
The Museum of Hartlepool The Museum of Hartlepool opened in 1996 and is located within the attraction Hartlepool's Maritime Experience.
It is free to enter and houses hundreds of exhibits telling the story of Hartlepool, England, a North East coastal town with a rich heritage in shipbuilding, is to hold an exhibition of Dick's medals and memorabilia during the Olympics period.
The Forgotten Chariot, price pounds 7.99, can be bought from WH Smith, Hartlepool, or order from Jennie on 01429 291039.
GOLDEN DREAM: 1924 relay squad, from left Eric Liddell, Guy Butler For the South African poet and writer, see Frederick Guy Butler.
Guy Montagu Butler (August 25, 1899 – February 22, 1981) was a British athlete, winner of gold medal in 4x400 m relay at the 1920 Summer Olympics. , E Toms and Dick; PRIDE: Jennie Shurmer, left, with her book and father Dick, above with his medal and below as a young man Picture by IAN IAN Interactive Affiliate Network
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