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David Moorcroft

Dr Dave Moorcroft OBE
Phys Ed/Sports Science BEd, 1976
Hon DTech, 1997

David is a former middle- and long-distance runner, and former world record holder for 5,000m who won two Commonwealth golds, competed in three Olympic Games, and set British and European records.

In 1978, he won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and the bronze medal in the European Athletics Championships, both at 1,500 metres. Four years later, he broke the 5,000m World Record. His time of 13:00.41 stood for three years until broken by Saïd Aouita, and it remained a British record until 2010. In the same year, he won the bronze medal at the European Athletics Championships, and gold at the Commonwealth Games, both over 5,000m.

He was a member of the BBC televisions athletics presentation team between 1983 and 1997. Since his retirement, he has served as Chief Executive of UK Athletics (1997-2007) andhe is co-founder of pointfourone sports consultancy.

A true sporting great and gentleman, David continues to support Loughborough activities, recently running the final leg for the University team competing in the Round Leicestershire Relay for the leukaemia charity the Anthony Nolan Trust