Updated 21 June 2005
Who?, What?, Where? and When? of:
Roy Henry Savery
- born on the 30th July 1936 and joined De Laune CC on the 20th February 1964.
Roy was born within the sound of Bow Bells, not that you
would ever guess! He has an elder sister and a younger brother and had a good
"Inner-London" education. Roy's will to win and dedication to the task, any task
except schooling, was gestated during the austerity of those post-war days.
He took to bike riding at a tender age, learning his
skills on that hotbed of cycling, Canvey Island. His interest in cycling at that
time was touring and by the age of 14 he had toured Devon and Cornwall. The
following year he went on to tour Wales.
of Roy's first jobs was as a Hoffman Presser for Willerbys the tailors, and one
of his work colleagues was a member of the Shaftsbury Cycling Club. He soon
coerced Roy into helping at a feed station in a 24-hour race. Roy was bitten and
soon joined the Shaftsbury and started time-trialing.
By 1960 he wanted to try road racing and changed clubs to
the CCI (Cycling Club Islington) where he proved himself a very capable rider.
Roy showed such promise that he decided to work for himself so that he could
train and race as he pleased.
It was at this period of his life that be became involved
with the concept of Time Management, something that he has carried on into all
of his activities. He believes that you can do anything, and fit anything in, if
you want too - and he did and still does. I think the whole system is based on
getting up earlier and earlier!
He raced at a high level and his best "25" was 56:59 (the
comp record was 55:11 at that time). 1959 saw him winning the London Centre
Pursuit and representing England in the Good Friday "England v Rest of the
World" track event.
During 1961 he lived and raced, for three months, in
Lorient, France. During this time he was very successful and won enough prize
money to pay all his expenses. After he retired at the top, at the age of 27, he
gave away (to his father no less) his window cleaning business and, in 1967,
joined the world of Life Insurance sales, something that I expect you all knew!
He quickly made the grade aided by his likeable nature, his "never-give-up"
attitude and a thick skin.
In those days the Life business seemed to be full of
active or ex cyclists, including, just from our Club, John Kavanagh, John
Geoghegan and Malc Adams. Roy eventually started up on his own and until
recently put in the hours (well, he needed the money?) - he has now retired from
His selling ability (and a lot of De Laune members
contributions!) allowed him to join the "Million Dollar Round Table" - you have
to achieve a mega amount of new business to join - in fact only the top 3%
salespeople in the whole world qualify. His continued success has meant that he
is now a Life Member and annually attends their conferences in America. He often
participates on committees and was a speaker at their 1993 annual meeting in
Over the years his business evolved and these days he sees
his mission as a "Financial Coach", helping his clients to get more out of life,
not just financial wealth. He has addressed audiences in Singapore, Malaysia,
USA as well as the UK on this subject.
Roy had always taken part in the Cyclists' running race's
that used to take place in November and December each year, and for many years
was often in the winning team. In 1973 he, along with Mike Peel, joined
Blackheath Harriers (they were in turn followed by Brian Saxton and John
Kavanagh). He acquitted himself very well and when he turned 40 he was their
Veterans Champion twice, and, was in fact, their leading veteran for several
In the marathon boom he again dedicated his time to
training and achieved the fine time of 2:40:51 in the 1986 London Marathon, at
the age of 49. Unfortunately a bad skiing accident, where he was hit from
behind, left him with a badly damaged knee. This, of course, effected his
running and cycling and he has never quite got back to his former glory.
days he spends more time on his other interests which include the Toastmasters
International Club (public speaking not red coats and a gavel!), an organisation
that helps people to improve and develop their speaking skills. He founded a
branch called the Bromley Speakers Club, which meets on the first and third
Thursday each month and I am sure he will give you full details if you only
pluck up the courage to ask. His other main interest is his Church activities -
he sometimes preaches at the Westerham Hill Baptist Church.
Roy is now using his skills to teach young children,
within local schools and his church, and to nourish them in the philosophy of
"Successful Living" - how to achieve whatever you want in life. Again, I am sure
he would be pleased to elucidate. Roy is also involved with the CBMC (Christian
Business Men Committee) and is currently the President of the Bromley branch.
They meet on the first Thursday each month, at the Bromley Court Hotel - you can
get a free lunch if you mention Roy's name.
Roy is married to Gina (his first and only wife, he'll
tell you) and they have one very bright son, James, who is is now a Doctor of
Roy still jogs (he hates that word) when his knees will
let him and ski's annually. He is still helping at various events and enjoys
"pushing-off" as it gives him time to chat to the competitors. He is now
racing again and is in serious training for the World Vets in 2006 when he will
be in the over 70's (just). He has already set several club age-related
records and is promising more... watch this space!