Alf Tupper would exclaim as he broke the tape on a record mile, after he had spent the night welding bike frames,rescuing a dog from a canal and eating tuppence ha'penny of Fish and Chips.
Alf was a working class hero who would be mate to all and would stand up to bullies wether they be street thugs or upper class snobs. In the 70's when I read his exploits he was a role model, he never acted in spite, played a straight bat and never ever cheated.
As the a previous reveiwer noted he is an unlikely Hero in a comic full of "Chell Puddock" and "Cadman the Fighting Coward" war heroes , Alf was no Milksop he would scrap with the best of 'em but always after intense provocation or to defend the weak - Alf's Battles were more fought on the track and cross country course here he would show that sport is a meritocracy he would be mates with toughs and toffs alike and would "Run 'em" in a clean race - woe betide any scoundrel who sought to best him with underhand tactics. Alf's only brush with a doping scandal is also recounted - he of course he is completely innocent as he had been splipped a mikey finn meant for his whippet - perhaps Lance Armstrong should have tried that defence.
The collection has a fair sweep of Alf's Career but it could have including his time in National Service and his adventures as an engineer in East Africa.
Would have been nice to see his first Mile and Final 1500 Metres of Alf's epic career which spanned from 1949 to 1992 but one of the highlights is the forword by Brendon Foster who has been the voice of distance running for donkeys years - really a Kenyan name sounds so right when in a geordie accent - I do not know why.
All in all this nostalgia in hard back for those of certain age like me who in this time of cheats and Premier League Footballers want to remember the Alf Tupper's and Roy Race's of their Childhoods and be reminded of what it was to be a Sportsman.