Sad news to hear Greta has passed.
My condolences to her family and her husband Jack.
She was supportive and generous and funny.
After the Montreal Marathon in 1980(?), she asked if I would like to do some XC running..."Sure!" I said. She and Jack put together about 4 races for me and made all of the arrangement for me to stay in Norway. I stayed with Ingrid's Coach...Johan.
The very first race...a 10 miler...mixed XC with road...XC was through cow pasture after cow pasture...I shot out like a bullet...trying to put a gap between me the rest of field...meaning Greta. Around 2 miles she caught up to me and asked "What are you doing?"
"I'm trying to beat you!" I answered breathlessly.
"Oh"...and off she went!
We had a good chuckle aferwards at the a award ceremony. She was truly a marvelous woman. And always an encourager.
A few weeks after I came home from Norway I met up again with Greta at the New York City Marathon. I can up to her at the 16 mile mark and we ran together for about 30 seconds....and off she went.
My guess is that she knew what I wanted to do ...beat her.
I never did beat her, but I had fun trying.