Sharing his journey in athletics – Galanos House welcomes David Moorcroft OBE

Our club in Galanos House only opened in late 2022 but has already had a number of amazing guests visit the club and this theme was continued on Wednesday 25 January as they welcomed David Moorcroft OBE.

David, who had a very successful career as middle and long-distance runner, joined the group in Warwickshire to share details of his time in professional sport as a competitor and in later days as a broadcaster.

David won Gold at the 1978 games in Edmonton, where he succeeded in the 1500m but he also competed in many other distances and in 1982 he broke the World Record time for the 5000m by over five seconds.

After his running career he also covered competitions for the BBC as a commentator and expert before moving on to becoming the Chief Executive of UK Athletics in 1997. David has also been honoured with an MBE and OBE for his services to athletics.

During his time with the club at Galanos House, David looked over old photos from his competitive running days and explained his preparations and thoughts as he built up to and took part in major competitions. As well as discussing his running career, David spoke about his involvement with supporting on youth sports projects as well his time broadcasting on TV and Radio.

David was a popular guest at the club and Denise Goodwin, Wellbeing Manager at Galanos House said: “We were delighted to have David come along to our regular session and for him to be so kind in sharing his experiences with the members.

“Thanks to the use of some photos from David’s running career and some of the images we have in our Sporting Memories Replay Cards, we were able to get some great conversations flowing and I believe our members really took a positive feeling away with them from a great session.”

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