From childhood, we jog and sprint with the wind in our hair. But why do we do it? Dave Moorcroft explains why he chose to run at pivotal points in his life – as wide-eyed 11 year old, world record breaker and vicarious runner.
I started running when I was about 11 at my secondary school. It was too wet to play football in a PE lesson and they sent us off on a cross-country run. Everyone else hated it because they weren’t playing football, but I really enjoyed it. My dad took me to my local club, the Coventry Godiva Harriers, which I’ve been a member of ever since.
And then in 1964, I watched the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ann Packer won the women’s 800m for Britain and that was a flick-the-switch moment. When I looked at it I thought, “That’s brilliant. I’d love to do that.” (more…)