David Moorcroft OBE

A Commonwealth Gold Medal winner in 1978 in the 1,500 metres and in 1982 in the 5,000 metres, David also held the World Record for the 5000 metres, breaking the previous record by a whopping 5.79 seconds. His record stood for almost three years.

"I discovered my love for running when I was about eleven years old. One of my earliest memories is of watching the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. I watched the likes of Mary Rand and Lynn Davies among others, but the one that stood out in particular was Anne Packer. She won the Women's 800 metres and came from miles behind to win the gold. I remember watching and thinking I'd love to do that. I think that was the moment I fell in love with the Olympics and fell in love with running."

David went on to become Chief Executive of UK Athletics and remains involved in encouraging the development of grass roots sport and engaging volunteers in sports clubs across the UK.


Follow David on Twitter @DMMoorcroft