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ED MOSES

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.

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I started running in the mid 1980s. Ask anyone around
A RUNNER WHO WAS AS BOLD AS HE WAS BRILLIANT AND A BRAIN SURGEON BY DAY, HE WAS TRULY ONE OF ATHLETICS’ MOST UNIQUE AND LAUDABLE COMPETITORS WHO CHANGED THE FACE OF RUNNING FOREVER
CHARLIE NORTON WENT FROM THE BAKING TERRAIN OF THE MARATHON DES SABLES TO THE FREEZING HILLS OF THE YUKON. EVERYTHING WAS LOOKING FINE - UNTIL THE SNOW SET IN
HE WAS THE FIRST BLACK AFRICAN TO WIN AN OLYMPIC GOLD AND HE CHANGED THE FACE OF DISTANCE RUNNING FOREVER. BUT HIS GLITTERING CAREER AND LIFE WERE TO END IN A TRAGIC WAY
INSPIRED BY A BREAK-OUT AT ONE OF THE TOUGHEST PRISONS IN THE USA, THE BARKLEY 100 IS FIVE MOUNTAINOUS LOOPS OF RUNNING HELL. BUT JONATHAN BASHAM WOULDN’T EVEN LET GHOSTS GET IN THE WAY OF WINNING
DOMINATING DISTANCE RUNNING AT THREE OLYMPICS, THE FLYING FINN TRAINED HIMSELF, RACKED UP 22 WORLD RECORDS AND ALMOST ALWAYS LET HIS ACHIEVEMENTS ON THE TRACK DO THE TALKING
THE 1,250-MILE GREAT HIMALAYAN TRAIL TAKES TREKKERS AROUND FIVE MONTHS TO COMPLETE. SEAN BURCH SET OUT TO RUN IT IN A FRACTION OF THAT TIME, BUT HE WASN’T COUNTING ON THE LEECHES OR DRUNKEN LOCALS
HE’S THE MAN WHO BROUGHT THE GAMES TO LONDON AND HAS
WHEN TERRY FOX LOST A LEG TO CANCER AT ONLY 18 IT WAS THE START OF A HISTORIC JOURNEY THAT WOULD TAKE HIM ACROSS CANADA AND TO HIS DESTINY
TOM WHITE ALMOST LOST HIS FOOT IN A COLLISION WITH A DRUNK DRIVER AND THOUGH DOCTORS MANAGED TO SAVE IT, HE ACTUALLY OPTED TO HAVE HIS LEG AMPUTATED JUST SO HE COULD KEEP ON RUNNING
THE POSTER BOY FOR THE WORLD-WIDE RUNNING BOOM AND A MAN WHO MADE HIS RIVALS GIVE EVERYTHING TO MATCH HIM, ONLY TO BE TRAGICALLY CUT DOWN BEFORE HE HAD THE MEDALS TO CONFIRM HIS UNDOUBTED TALENT
MATTHEW GOODMAN SET OUT TO NURSE OTHERS THROUGH A SIX-DAY DESERT CHALLENGE AND ENDED UP RUNNING IT HIMSELF. HIS IS A TALE OF TOENAILS AND TREATMENT TABLES
A MAN WHO HAS RUN EVERY DAY SINCE 1964, BROKEN RECORDS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL AND CHANGED WHAT THE WORLD WEARS WHEN THEY GO OUT RACING IN THE STREETS
MEET THE AUSTRALIAN POLITICIAN-TURNED-RUNNER WHO DODGED CRAZED GUNMEN, DODGY DRIVERS AND ANGRY BEARS TO RUN FROM POLE TO POLE FOR A CAUSE CLOSE TO HIS HEART
DR ANDREW MURRAY TACKLED ILLNESS, INJURY, EXAMS AND A MIND-BOGGLING NUMBER OF MILES TO RUN FROM SCOTLAND TO THE SAHARA DESERT
THIS MONTH WE TURN TO AN ICONIC MOMENT IN RUNNING HISTORY WHEN THREE MEN STOOD ATOP AN OLYMPIC PODIUM TO SEND A MESSAGE THAT RESONATED AROUND THE WORLD
AN OLYMPIC CHAMPION WHO POSED THE GREATEST THREAT TO
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
IN THE KENYAN TOWN WHERE RUNNING ICONS ARE PRODUCED EN MASSE, THE MOST UNLIKELY OF COACHES IS REVERED AS THE LARGEST SINGLE REASON FOR THEIR SUCCESS
HE STARTED BY THROUGH THE NIGHT IN HIS BOXER SHORTS, NOW HE’S ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS AND ACCOMPLISHED ULTRARUNNERS - ENDURANCE PERSONIFIED