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SEBASTIAN COE

HE’S THE MAN WHO BROUGHT THE GAMES TO LONDON AND HAS ENJOYED STINTS IN BOTH THE COMMONS AND THE LORDS, BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST HE WAS A WORLD CLASS ATHLETE WHO MADE IT COUNT ON THE TRACK

Even within the Running Icons Hall of Fame, there are differing levels of achievement. So far we have inducted the graceful and the powerful, the determined and the stubborn – and others who were an iconic combination of the lot. We have welcomed those who ran themselves, those who encouraged others and those who invented their kit. There aren’t, you might think, many new places left to go.

And, in the shape of (deep breath) Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, KBE, you’d be proved spectacularly wrong.

Coe is perhaps unique, challenged only by Chris Brasher and Dave Bedford in our list to date, in that he could have claimed icon status courtesy of events arising either side of his athletic retirement. As far as our Icons are concerned, he pushes a membership bar already set very high, just that little bit further skywards.

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I started running in the mid 1980s. Ask anyone around at the time and they’ll tell you it was the heyday of British middle and long distance running. I got swept along by the Coe versus Ovett battle of the Moscow Olympics and the then addition of Cram for LA in 1984. Britons ruled the world and I loved every second of the battles, the highs, the lows, the medals and the media. These guys were my inspiration and I wanted to be them. They were the reason I started running and it was no surprise that my chosen events were 800 and 1500m. That I was best at these was just an added bonus. There are so many influential figures in our brilliant sport. Some are well known, others less so. So we decided to choose our favourites so that you could also get a little sprinkling of inspiration. Whether it’s Dean Karnazes eating pizza by the roadside or Ron Hill running every day for more than 50 years, we know there’ll be something for everyone. Read and get inspired and hit the road for your next run!