Olympic champ chats to school pupils

Chris Carter former athletic runner in the 1960s talking to pupils, Park Mead Primary School in Upper Dicker
Chris Carter former athletic runner in the 1960s talking to pupils, Park Mead Primary School in Upper Dicker

A FORMER Olympic champion popped into a school in Upper Dicker to talk about his achievements and get the children enthused before the big games start in London.

Chris Carter, known as ‘The Running Policeman’ represented Team GB in the 1964 and 1968 Olympics. He ran the 800m.

Pupils were awestruck after he came out with his stories at Park Mead Primary School on Friday, June 22.

Lesley Rushton, school secretary, said: “He talked to the children in the whole school about the history of the modern Olympics.

“He showed the children his running equipment and what he wore at the Olympics and the children had the opportunity to dress as an Olympian.

“He then held an Olympic medal ceremony, giving children riles a presenting gold, silver and bronze - the children were able to keep the medals.”

Mr Carter also measured out the long jump distance record and children tried beating it.

Chris Carter originally joined Steyning Athletic and later Hove AC. He was crowned Sussex champion back in 1962 but the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 was the highlight of his running career.