Great­est mo­ment: Ju­lian Goater’s Na­tional win

Athletics Weekly - - Spotlight -

Ju­lian Goater’s 1981 English Na­tional vic­tory at Par­lia­ment Hill saw him beat a world-class field that in­cluded Steve Jones, Dave Clarke, Mick McLeod and Dave Moor­croft by al­most two min­utes (Com­ment, p4).

Goater was on fire as he ripped through the mud and un­du­lat­ing ground to pul­verise his op­po­nents with one of the most mem­o­rable and com­mand­ing dis­tance-run­ning per­for­mances of all-time on Bri­tish soil.

The run­ner-up per­for­mance was Dave Bedford’s fa­mous South­ern Cham­pi­onships dou­ble when he won the 1971 ju­nior and se­nior ti­tles on the same af­ter­noon, again at Par­lia­ment Hill.

Paula Rad­cliffe’s first se­nior world cross coun­try ti­tle as she beat Gete Wami over the mud in Os­tend was your choice for the bronze medal in this cat­e­gory.

In fourth place, John Treacy’s sec­ond world cross ti­tle in

1979 in front of a home crowd in Lim­er­ick got your votes.

Hot on his heels was bare­foot Zola Budd win­ning the 1986 world cross ti­tle by a large mar­gin on a greasy course in Switzer­land, while mem­o­rable vic­to­ries by John Ngugi, Sergey Le­bid, Craig Vir­gin, So­nia O’Sul­li­van and Ian Stew­art brought up the rear.

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