Pickering Gardens, CR0

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Ronald James Pickering (May 4, 1930 – February 13, 1991) was an athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, whose Memorial Fund, founded in 1991, supports hundreds of young athletes each year. Pickering coached several Olympic athletes, including Lynn Davies, who won gold medals in the long jump at the 1964 Olympics. He was the first host of the BBC1 children’s sports programme We Are the Champions, a show he presented from 1973 until his death. He was known for his catchphrase: “Away you go!”, at the end of each show. He also co-presented the programme Superstars from 1973 to 1985 with David Vine. He was a leading proponent of a scheme to use a disused banana warehouse on the Isle of Dogs as an indoor training centre, which later became the London Arena and was president of Haringey Athletic Club, whose members included Seb Coe and Mike McFarlane. Linford Christie dedicated his gold medal in the 100 metres at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona to Pickering. This road is named like many on the former brickworks site in Woodside after British Olympic athletes and coaches. The cluster includes Christie Drive, Adams Way, Backley Gardens, Goodhew Road, Akabusi Close, and Coe Avenue.

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