Best of British #34 (Laura Muir)

Laura Muir is a British middle distance runner who predominately runs 800m to 5000m. She has been crowned 1500m European champion outdoor, the first British woman ever to achieve this in addition to being four times indoor European Champion. Laura is still competing but one who I feel will be remembered for years to come …

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Best of British #35 (Mark Rowland)

Mark Rowland was a 3000m steeplechaser, representing GB at both Olympic and European Championships where he medalled taking Bronze and Silver respectively. Steeplechase is one of those events where TV doesn’t give the exposure too but requires good speed, strength and technical ability by the athlete. Mark still holds the British record for this event …

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Best of British #36 (Ron Hill)

Ron Hill was a British long distance runner who also was a clothing entrepreneur. Ron broke the 2.10 barrier at the Commonwealth Games, became European Champion and won Boston Marathon back in 1970 in a fantastic running career. Ron also competed in the Olympic Games. Ron was also quite famous for his run streak, of …

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Best of British # 38 (Mike McLeod)

Mike McLeod was another local runner (Northumberland) come good. At the peek of his career where he achieved a Silver medal in the 10000m at the Los Angeles Olympics, after the runner who finished 2nd was disqualified for steroid abuse. Years later the winner of that race admitted to blood transfusions during his career and …

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Best of British #33 (Joy Grieveson)

Best of British couldn’t be complete without including one of own club members. Joy Grieveson was a European silver medallist over 400m. Joy also represented GB at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and the Commonwealth Games. Unfortunately we don’t have any footage of Joy in action but we had to acknowledge her amazing achievements. Some …

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Best of British #29 (Lynn Davies)

Lynn Davies (CBE) was a British track and field athlete, with a specialism in Long Jump, throughout the 1960’s and into early 1970’s. During the period of 1964 to 1970 he became Olympic, European and Commonwealth (twice) champion. Here’s a glimpse of him in action.

Best of British #28 (Steve Smith)

British high jumping isn’t a discipline that gets a great deal of coverage on TV as it’s usually dominated by the more glamorous events but Steve Smith helped with that. We’ve had some success amongst our British athletes over the years no more so than Liverpool born Steve Smith, who not only took the British …

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Best of British #27 (Denise Lewis)

Prior to Jess Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson coming on the scene, Denise Lewis was the darling of the British public as she competed in the heptathlon event throughout the late 1990’s and early nought’s. Throughout her career, she claimed Commonwealth, European and Olympic titles, twice missing the World title but finishing in second place. Now …

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Best of British #26 (Allan Wells)

Allan Wells was a British sprinter who claimed Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles across 100m, 200m and as part of the 4 x 100m team. A powerful Scotsman, who actually started his career as a triple jumper, switched to sprints with huge success. Here’s the man himself showing off his skills taking Olympic gold …

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Best of British #24 (Geoff Capes)

Geoff Capes was a former British shot putter, strongman, and competitor at the Highland Games. Geoff was a double European indoor champion and picked up four additional medals in these games in his career and a bronze in the outdoor competition in 1974 in Rome. In addition to his European successes he also was double …

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Best of British #20 (Mo Farah)

Like some of the previous middle distance greats, Mo Farah needs no introduction. Six World (10 including indoor), five European (plus 2 indoor) and four Olympic Golds, tells the story. Mo also broke the World 2 mile record, British and European records at 1500m, 3000m (indoor) 5000m (indoor and outdoor) 10000m and both half and …

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