Greatest moment: Julian Goater’s National win
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.