North Belfast Harriers welcome former 5000m World Record Holder David Moorcroft to the Waterworks Parkrun.
In somewhat of a coup for the local running scene, North Belfast Harriers Chairman Matt Shields has persuaded none other than former 5000m world record holder David Moorcroft to attend the Waterworks Parkrun next Saturday (24th August).
Dave is attending the Waterworks Parkrun to help promote the UK wide “Join In Local Sport” programme. This is a nationwide multi-sport event to encourage local sports clubs and people from local communities, put on sporting activities during August 2012.
Dave will be representing “Join In Local Sport” both as its Director and as a former elite athlete/volunteer helping to ensure the Waterworks event runs smoothly.
Dave’s athletic career spanned the late1970s and 1980s and he competed in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal placing seventh in the 1500-metre final. He won gold in the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton at 1500 metres and just four weeks later, he won the bronze medal at the same distance in the European Athletics Championships in Prague.
Moorcroft had a remarkable season in 1982, where he broke the 5000m 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 Moroccan legend Saïd Aouita although it remained a British record until 2010. He remains the last non-African to set a 5,000m world record.
This will be a happy return to Belfast for Dave as following his “retirement” from top-level competition, he set his then World Masters Record (40+) of 4:02.53 for the mile in Belfast in 1993.
In more recent times, Dave has served as the Chief Executive of UK Athletics from 1997 to 2007 and is holder of both an MBE and OBE. He is still the UK record holder for 3,000 metres, a significant achievement when you consider the recent exploits of a certain Mo Farah !
Dave’s visit to North Belfast Harriers and the Waterworks Parkrun next weekend is eagerly anticipated.
We hope he will be joined by local runners, non-runners, mums, dads, kids and families who are part of the Northern Ireland Parkrun community. The free timed 5km run will commence at 930 am and will be formally started by Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Mairtin O’Mullieor.