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ED MOSES

HE MADE THE TRACK’S HARDEST EVENT LOOK LIKE CHILD’S PLAY, AND DID MUCH TO CLEAN UP THE SPORT HE GRACED. A CHAMPION, GENTLEMAN AND RUNNING GENIUS
LA connection - Moses claims Olympic gold at the Colosseum in 1984

As we have established over these past few months, to be a running icon requires something more than even mere greatness. Through a specific aspect of their talent or personality, icons stand out from other greats, as each of them brings something distinct to the table.

From the power of Johnson to the grace of Ovett, the glorious cussedness of Brasher, the character of Bedford and the bravery of Bikila, each of our inductees to date have their own special reason for staking claim to membership of running’s most exclusive club.

In the case of Edwin Corley Moses, while his talent was second to none and the attitude seemed, when viewed from afar, almost majestic, only one word really fits - grace.

Over the course of 10 years, between 1977 and 1987, Moses won 122 consecutive 400m hurdles races, most of them without breaking sweat. He didn’t just win, he dominated, changing the event forever, transforming a tortuous slog into an art form.

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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!