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1979 – Leading Steve Ovett


Set one of the oldest records in British Athletics at Crystal Palace on October 14, 1970, winning the 2000 metres in a British, European and World age 15 record 5:33.1. The existing World and European record was set in 2015, by Norwegian sensation, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, with 5.24.41. Tim’s record lasted 23 years until it was beaten by Croatia’s Dalibor Balgac, in 1993, with 5.25.69. His record lasted 22 years. On his Tour of America, in 1925, legendary Flying Finn, Paavo Nurmi, set a World Indoor 2000 metres record of 5:33.0.



2012 UK All-Time Age Records

UK All-Time Youth (U/18) Lists

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UK All-Time 2000 Metres Record (1970 – 2015)

October 14, 2015 Leave a comment


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London, England.

Crystal Palace

14 October 1970

A World age record when it was set, the current record of 5:25.69 is held by Croatia’s Dalibor Balgac (1993). The British record has lasted 45 years.

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British Champion

February 26, 2015 Leave a comment


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British Junior (U/20) Indoor 1500 Metres Champion

British Youth (U/18) Indoor Record 1972-1983

A British Athletics And The Power of 10 initiative will see future British champions marked with a gold medal symbol on

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World Record-Holder 1500 Metres, Mile And 2000 Metres – Still

October 15, 2014 Leave a comment


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1500 metres 3:26.00 (1998)

mile 3:43.13 (1999)

2000 Metres 4:44.79 (1999)


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British Junior Indoor 1500 Metres Champion

October 3, 2014 Leave a comment


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Became British Junior (U/20) indoor 1500 metres champion in 1972, setting a UK all-time indoor Youth (U/18) record and equalling Dave Moorcroft’s Championship Best Performance. Sebastian Coe, 18, beat the CBP in 1975. The British Youth record stood until 1983 when Spencer Newport did 3:55.4.

The last time Cosford was used, before the championships moved to Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena, was in 1991 when Curtis Robb was the winner. The next year he finished sixth in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic 800 metres final.

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A Crystal Palace Classic

August 23, 2014 Leave a comment


One of the oldest records in British athletics was set in 1978 when Steve Ovett broke the 2 miles World record in 8:13.51, beating Kenyan legend Henry Rono, the multiple World record-holder and Haile Gebrselassie of his era. It stood as the UK all-commers record until 1999 when Gebrselassie ran 8:01.72 at Crystal Palace.

Mo Farah runs the 2 miles at the Birmingham Diamond League on Sunday.


UK All-Time

8:13.51 Steve Ovett 1978

8:13.68 Brendan Foster 1973

8:14.93 Steve Cram 1983

* 8:08.07 (indoors) Mo Farah 2012


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English Schools Championships


Did my first English Schools Track & Field Championships 45 years ago at Motspur Park, Surrey, July 4-5 1969. I finished fourth in the U/15 1500 metres final. It was here that Sydney Wooderson set the mile World record of 4:06.4 in 1937. At 18 he had become the first British schoolboy to break 4:30 and went on to coach Roger Bannister, who became the World’s first sub four-minute miler in 1954. In 1970 I ran a UK all-time age 15 mile record of 4:17.8. I think that Wooderson would have found it hard to comprehend that a 15 year-old could run a mile just over ten seconds outside his World record and also break the four-minute barrier for 1500 metres (3:59.8).
The first ESAA Championships were held at Crystal Palace in 1925. They will celebrate their 90th anniversary next year. This year’s Championships are being held at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, July 11-12.

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