"It's not the winning, it's the taking part...it's fighting for Great Britain.''
Before I met a single Olympic gold medallist it was my hope that those who had fallen from the limelight, or were never in it in the first place, would have their story documented. So in 20 years when anybody needed to know the tale of Judy Grinham, David Bond or Gillian Sheen, to name but three, they would only have to reach for the Gold Run archive.
Invariably, it has been those lesser known stories that have gripped me, that have enthralled me, that have left an everlasting imprint on my mind and, in many cases, my heart.
Dick, a Dundonian now residing in Troon, went Down Under shortly after his 21st birthday, and returned as, officially, the best amateur boxing talent on earth.
Not only did he win the Gold Medal, he was also awarded the Val Barker trophy – this is given to the most stylist pugilist at an Olympic Games. In short, it's only presented to the pound-for-pound best in the business; to date Dick McTaggart is the only British boxer ever to own it.
His classic, counter-attacking style, piston like engine and stinging jabs made him almost the dictionary definition of the 'classic boxer'. He was once described by the great Harry Carpenter as the best he'd ever seen.
McTaggart fought 644 times without pay, refusing countless offers to turn professional, believing that representing your country and the love of the sport outweighed any financial benefits. Instead, he worked as a butcher, an RAF cook, a rat catcher, a sweet maker and in a Rolls Royce factory in order to support his family.
Dick has a rare sense of humour, and regaled me with tales of his 1960 experiences in Rome, when he picked up a bronze and rubbed shoulders with a young Muhammad Ali. He told me Ali “was even stupid then'', but went on to say he was a great boxer, and very funny.
He also carried the flag at the opening ceremony in Italy, and so over half a century later I hope Gold Run is flying the flag for all those forgotten gold medallists, who's effort, dedication and pride, is timeless. To this day it still means as much to Dick McTaggart.
''It was like a dream just being selected for Great Britain. It's not the winning, it’s the taking part… it's fighting for Great Britain.''