Alan went with Anderson, an acquaintance from the Hare and Hounds Club, and they saw the Czech athlete Zatopek win the 10,000 metre race on 30 July.
The Marathon was won for Argentina but in a time still only seventeen minutes better than Alan's.
He replied to Jack:
I have repeatedly looked in books on neurology for the very important number ν you asked about, and never found any figure offered. My own estimate is 3.108<N<3.109.
I have asked many phsyiologists myself and got anwers from 107 to 1011.
I've had something wrong with my leg for some months, so wasn't able to run in any Marathons this season.
An injury to his hip had put paid to his chances for the Olympic marathon team, for which otherwise he might have qualified, and to his regret, prevented any further development in serious long-distance running.