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MONDAY 9AM - WE REGRET THAT OUR SPEAKER HAS BEEN UNABLE TO TRAVEL DOWN TO LONDON DUE TO SNOW, SO WE WILL HAVE TO RESCHEDULE THIS. VERY SORRY!
This free talk, chaired by Wimbledon parkrun director Ian Higgins, will explore the factors behind Marathon running in the 1980s.
This Scottish distance running legend began his marathon career in 1980 with a 2:13:21 win at Laredo in Northern Spain and later that year he finished third in 2:11:47 at the New York Marathon behind winner, Alberto Salazar. In 1981 he won the inaugural Rotterdam Marathon in a time of 2:09:28 having been inside world record pace until overcome by stitch in the final miles (at the time this was the sixth fastest in history and a world leading time for the year). Other notable results include two fourth places at the Commonwealth Games (beaten on both occasions by Rob DeCastella) and another sub 2:10.00 clocking when running 2:09:58 to finish second to Carlos Lopez's world record run in 1985.
A number of coaches advised John though his career including John Anderson (who at the same time coached David Moorcroft to a 5000m world record) and Alan Storey. Many of today's runners will be interested to learn about how such impressive outcomes were reached with what was often a less than scientific approach coupled to a staggering volume and quality of running.
John has many stories to tell of this boom period for marathon running that was the dawn of the professional circuit. He has a reputation as a thoroughly entertaining speaker!
In 1999 as part of her MSc in Sports Science Gabrielle researched the factors surrounding the success of British marathon runners in the 1980s. Part of this work involved interviewing a number of the leading protagonists of the period and in 2012 this material was published as a book entitled 'British Marathon Legends of the 1980s'. The result is a thoroughly entertaining read that gives an insight to the training approaches taken by eighteen international runners at a time, thirty years ago, when Great Britain had a seemingly endless supply of talented marathon runners. Interviewees include Hugh Jones, Mike Gratton, Joyce Smith and Charlie Spedding. Gabrielle has said that the most entertaining interview of her book was with John Graham but as the interview was by telephone they have never met - the seminar will rectify this situation!
Gabrielle describes herself as a "persistent runner who competed for Belgrave Harriers eventually winning a AAA's medal".