Greatest British distance runners

A list of the greatest British distance runners.

These are the greatest British distance and middle distance runners from 1500m to the marathon.

Mo_FarahMo Farah

  • 2014 World champion – gold at 5000 m and 10,000m
  • 2012 – Olympic champion – Gold at 5000, and 10,000,
  • 2011 – World Championship Gold at 5,000. Silver in 10,000m
  • Holds British record at 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m and half marathon.

Sebastian Coe

  • 1980 – Olympic Gold medal 1500m
  • 1984 – Olympic Gold medal 1500m
  • 1980, 1984 – Olympic Silver 800m
  • 1981 world record at 800m (1:41.73) wasn’t unbroken until 1997

Steve Ovett

  • 1980 – Olympic Gold – 800m
  • 1980 – Olympic Bronze – 1500m
  • 1978 – European championships – Gold at 1500m

Paula Radcliffe

  • 2003 – Marathon world record time of 2:15:25
  • 2005 – World Championships – Gold at marathon
  • 2001+02 – World Cross country champs – Gold at long race

Steve Cram

  • 1984 – Olympic – Silver in 1500m
  • 1985 – World records at 1500m, mile and 2000m
  • 1983 – World championship – Gold at 1500m
  • 1982+1986 European champion – Gold at 1500m

Liz McColgan

  • 1991 – World Championships – Gold, 10,000m
  • 1988 – Olympics – Silver 10,000,
  • 1986,90 – Commonwealth Games – Gold, 10,000m

Kelly Holmes

  • 2004 Olympics – Gold at 800 and 1500m
  • 2000 Olympics – Bronze at 800m
  • 1995 World Championships – Silver at 1500m
  • 2003 World Championships – Silver at 800m

Roger Bannister

  • 6 May 1954 – First sub 4 minute mile.
  • 1954 Commonwealth games – Gold at 1 mile
  • 1954 European Championship – Gold at 1500m

Brendan Foster

  • 1976 – Olympic games – Bronze at 10,000m
  • 1974 – European championship – Gold at 5000m
  • 1978 – Commonwealth games – Gold at 10,000m

Ron Hill

  • 1969 – European championships – Gold at marathon
  • 1970 – Commonwealth Games – Gold at marathon
  • 1970 – 2nd man to run inside 2:10 for the marathon

David Moorcroft

  • 1982 – World record (13:00.41) at 5,000m
  • 1978, Commonwealth Games – Gold, 1500m
  • 1982 Commonwealth games – Gold at 5,000m

Related pages

This site uses cookies. more info

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close