28th Jun, 2022

ATHLETICS - Coventry Godiva Harriers receive visit from club legend David Moorcroft OBE

COVENTRY GODIVA HARRIERS were visited by club legend David Moorcroft OBE on Tuesday night ahead of the National Cross Country Championships this weekend.

The former 5,000 metres world record holder imparted wise words of wisdom on the club’s young athletes and was delighted to meet so many new faces.

Moorcroft gave a motivational speech before offering hints and tips to the club’s athletes during training as well as encouragement when the hard work and running commenced.

The 68-year-old broke the then 5,000 metres world record in 1982 (without pace-making) and represented Great Britain at three Olympic Games whilst twice winning gold at the Commonwealth Games.

His world record remained for three years whilst his British record time of 13:00.41 was only broken in 2010 by legendary runner Mo Farah.

And Moorcroft set a British record in the 3000 metres in 1982 with his time of 7:32.79 also broken by Farah in June 2016

He received an MBE in 1983 and an OBE for services to British sport in 1998.

Following his retirement from competition he was appointed Chief Executive of UK Athletics in 1997 and helped revitalise the sport by securing several million pounds in funding before resigning in 2007.

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