Inspired by an email from Len R here are some of peoples’ “.. favourite athletics or running videos…”, mostly serious, and a few comedy ones
Kipchoge won’t be racing Bekele in April but they did go head to head in Beijing 2008 – epic race.
Women’s steeplechase at London 2017:
And the women’s 1500m from the same champs, last two laps anyway:
For anyone who really wants to get in to this, Lets Run recently did a race of the decade competition featuring their top 64 races of the decade:
I grew up in the great time for Irish athletics where Sonia O’ Sullivan was dominating the tracks worldwide. I used to watch the Sydney Olympic Final regularly and hoped Sonia’s lanky stride would help her take gold but alas!
This lad was already pissed off about losing to Haille in the world Juniors…
I like these ones Haile looks like he is jogging at world record pace then kicks off it! bugger, baumann broke 13 minutes as well not bad for a European.
Check John Ngugi’s acceleration after 11 minutes, right see yah!
This is a classic:
For me I’ve loved watching Steve Prefontaine races as his philosophy was to go balls out at a suicidal pace and lead from the front.
The 1972 Olympic final was epic. Crazy pace and and strategy but he admired for his bonkers attitude, grit and fierce will to suffer more than anyone else as he did here.
I like this one, London 1985 battle Jones vs Spedding. Also amazing to see how desolate Canary Wharf was in those days, way before any of it was built up.
Bekele vs. Mo vs. Gebreselassie at the Great North Run in 2016, mainly because you can see a young Ian Ellwood in the background during the post race interviews.
I think what I like most about this one is the display of technique. Sometimes other athletes can make you feel very ordinary.
Here’s a video I made to introduce Dave Moorcroft as guest speaker at an event in Cambridge years ago:
Dave Wottle 800m
1. 1972 Olympic 800m Final
This is a mesmerising demonstration in even paced running and the discipline to do it your way
2. 2000 Olympic 10000m
Haile was still just about in his pomp, he was my hero and yet Tergat ran him so close, but never did get the better of him.
3. 2015 World Championship 100m Final, Beijing
It was good vs evil. Bird’s Nest Stadium the atmosphere electric. I was in Athens in 2004 when Gatlin won Olympic Gold and that was similar, but for obvious reasons, that needs scrubbing. Only thing that has come close to this was GB World Champs 4×100 in London. That will always be amazing, but if Bolt’s Hammy hadn’t gone….I know, it did, and that’s running. The GOAT get’s it for me and is proof it’s not all about the long distance.
One of my heroes John Treacy
Track 5k: Beats an arrogant Ovett on the line
Road: Marathon LA Olympics Silver
XC: World champion
A bit off piste but this is a legendary story in the ironman world