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   Mike McFarnell


Michael William (Mike) McFarnell

House: Nicholson
Year: 1960-1963
Memories of School: Great time especially playing sport

Moved to Britain in 1963.
I joined Blackheath Harriers and my personal best times were as follows:
  • 100yards 9.9sec
  • 220yards 22.2sec
  • 400 metres 48.2sec
  • 800 metres 1min 52.2sec
  • 1 mile 3 min 59.7 sec
  • 400 metres hurdles 53.7sec
  • Decathlon 5,634 points

    The athletics got me a job with Lloyds Bank and I ran all over Europe for the Bank against other Banks. Great life until you get married and need to look at your career prospects. Moved to an American Bank for loads more money but work very boring.

    Decided a job in charge of Student Sport at Birmingham University would be more interesting. After two years, Scott arrived and without Anne's wage it was very tight. I moved to London to run a large Leisure Centre - again loads of money. Then Charlotte was born. I was concerned that I would miss the children growing up because with travelling into London the hours were very long.

    My mother and father retired to Dover and on a visit, we were walking along the seafront and people stopped us to ask us if we knew where they could find Bed & Breakfast Accommodation. After a while we looked for the egg stains. We decided that a guest house would give us a better quality of life - ours was the Amanda Guest House.
    I could go to sports days, attend schools plays, etc. I have no regrets and the 21 years have raced by.

    I have time to organise events in Dover Town. I am the Master of the Dover Pageant.

    I have set up the website www.kenya63.org.uk if anyone cares to visit it.

    Image of McFarnell family - 1963
    Brother David, brother James, my father, and me - 1963

    (Registered - 17th November 2003)   Updated 11th December 2017

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