Hamilton Lake had the honour of welcoming a running legend last Saturday and Alison King, of Puarenga parkrun, was very fortunate to join him around the lake on a lovely St. Patrick’s Day morning!
David Moorcroft is in New Zealand to be the guest speaker at a celebration dinner held at the Whanganui War Memorial Centre on Tuesday 20th March to celebrate the achievements of milers from the Southern hemisphere on the world stage.
David made his senior debut for Great Britain in 1973 and competed in his first Olympic Games in Montreal 1976, placing seventh in the 1,500-metre final. He won gold in the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton in the 1500 metres.
David had a remarkable season in 1982, where he broke the 5,000 m World Record by 5.79 seconds (without the use of pace-making). His time of 13:00.41 set at the Bislett Games in Oslo stood for three years until broken by Saïd Aouita (though it remained a British record until 2010).
In 1982 he won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane over 5,000 m, he broke the European and British 3,000 m record with a time of 7:32.79 and he demonstrated his lower end range by recording 1:46.64 for 800 m and 3:49.34 for the mile. His 3,000 m time remained a British record until it was broken by Mo Farah on 5 June 2016.
He competed in his third and final Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984 and he continued to compete for Britain internationally until the late 1980s.
Following his retirement from top-level competition, he continued running and his time of 4:02.53 over 1 mile in Belfast in 1993 was, at the time, a world master’s record for the 40+ age group.
He received an MBE in 1983 and an OBE in 1998 for services to British sport.
Both Blenheim and Porirua celebrated anniversaries last week, well done to both their teams and volunteers for the communities they’ve brought together, plus special thanks to both Event Directors! Thanks to everyone who came along to the 2nd anniversary run. All the super heroes, James Kuegler and his group and the fine morning we…
Dave Hartley is one of our regular parkrunners at Palmerston North and I’m inspired by his commitment each week. Its great being able to put names to faces and anyone who’s done our parkrun will know Dave – he’s the guy in the wheelchair, and he’s given me permission to tell his story. Dave was…