I was a Bevin Boy, conscripted during World War II to work as a coal miner at South Kirkby Colliery, West Yorkshire, England.
I suffered serious spinal injuries in a mine explosion and spent a long period in recuperation.
I became a semi-professional sportsman, competing in the 1951 Tour of Britain cycle race, and working as a professional wrestler.
If you look at the athletics of it, I've done over 300 professional bike races, 212 marathons and 107 pro fights. So from start to finish I got a good hiding. I've broken every bone in my body.
I loved it!