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Goater’s grand Na­tional

At a muddy Par­lia­ment Hill in the 1981 Na­tional, Ju­lian Goater pro­duced a stun­ning run leav­ing a field that in­cluded Dave Clarke, Mike McLeod, Dave Moor­croft and Steve Jones al­most two min­utes be­hind.

Bare­foot bril­liance

Run­ning for Eng­land in 1986 and aged only 19, Zola Budd strug­gled to keep her foot­ing with­out wear­ing spikes on a greasy course in Neucha­tel but she re­tained the ti­tle she won 12 months ear­lier in Lis­bon with a 18-sec­ond vic­tory over Lynn Jen­nings of the United States.

Rad­cliffe top of the world

In one of the great­est races in his­tory, Paula Rad­cliffe found one last surge in the last 30 me­tres to out-last her world 10,000m con­queror Gete Wami in Os­tend in 2001.

Global gold in Ra­bat

On a hot day in Ra­bat in 1975, a week after win­ning Euro In­door gold at 3000m, Ian Ste­wart won Bri­tain’s only world men’s se­nior gold with a typ­i­cal strong sprint to out­kick Spain’s Mar­i­ano Haro.

Dou­ble trou­ble

While Dave Bed­ford won the In­ter­na­tional ti­tle in style in 1971, it was his South­ern dou­ble in 1970 that has en­tered folk­lore, win­ning the se­nior ti­tle over nine miles of Par­lia­ment Hill and then min­utes later start­ing the six-mile ju­nior race and win­ning that too.

Treacy the green ma­chine

Aged just 20, John Treacy pulled off a shock win in Glas­gow in 1978 but it was a vic­tory on home soil in Dublin the fol­low­ing year in front of a rau­cous home crowd that most will re­mem­ber.

Kenya be­lieve it?

John Ngugi won his fifth and fi­nal ti­tle on a hilly snow-cov­ered course in Bos­ton in 1992 that was tele­vised to 90 coun­tries,

O’Sul­li­van supreme

So­nia O’Sul­li­van gained a golden dou­ble in Mar­rakech in 1998. She beat off the chal­lenge of Paula Rad­cliffe to win the long course race and then, the fol­low­ing day, eas­ily won the short course race.

Le­bid’s in­cred­i­ble nine

In 2010 the Ukraine run­ner Sergey Le­bid cap­tured an amaz­ing ninth Euro­pean ti­tle in Al­bufeira. His first vic­tory came in 1998 as he dom­i­nated the event into the new mil­len­nium.

Home straight burn-up

In one of the most ex­cit­ing races on Longchamp race­course in 1980, Eng­land’s Nick Rose built up a 70m lead at half­way but was run down in the fi­nal straight by first Ger­many’s Hans-Jur­gen Orth­mann and then a well-timed late kick from Amer­i­can Craig Vir­gin, who won by a sec­ond.

Craig Vir­gin: kicked to vic­tory at Longchamp

Dig­ging in: Paula Rad­cliffe on her way to world vic­tory in 2001

Sergey Le­bid: won nine Euro­peanti­tles from 1998 to 2010

Ju­lian Goater (251): strides out in 1981

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