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5 July, 2022


Steve Cram - What has running ever done for me?

It's a big question... in this podcast episode we talk to Steve Cram about, well, everything to do with running and how it's shaped his life and career.

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Steve Cram Podcast

Welcome to season four of the Outside & Active Podcast.

On this week’s episode we talk to Steve Cram and how running has affected and changed Steve both mentally and physically throughout his career as a runner, presenter and coach.

We also talk to Steve about the evolution of club running and races and traditional athletics clubs.

When Steve started club running there were no half marathons or marathons like we know today. Running wasn’t “casual” as it is now with the growth of mass participation events like parkrun or how there are more open and accessible running clubs around the country and world.

Switching things up slightly we then discuss the “I can” mentality and how your mind can make you do things that you physically thought may be impossible to ever achieve. Whether it’s your first five kilometre run or first 100 miler – there is something we could all learn from listening to Steve’s lived experiences.

Monty Python makes an appearance too - what did running ever do for us? Actually, an awful lot!

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More about Steve Cram

Steve is one of the UK’s most well known sporting individuals.

As an athlete his career was forged alongside Coe and Ovett to form a period of unprecedented success in British athletics and since retiring has become one of the BBC’s most respected Presenters/ Commentators.

In a career spanning over three decades, since appearing as a 17 year old at the Commonwealth Games in 1978, Steve’s many achievements include six Gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the European and World Championships. Following an incredible season in 1983 Steve was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, one of the few athletes to have won the award, and in 1986 he was awarded an MBE. At the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, Steve returned from injury to take a Silver medal in the 1500m behind Sebastian Coe. The following year he broke World records in the 1500m, 2000m and Mile, all within 19 days; the latter lasting almost 9 years.

Since retiring from competitive athletics Steve has become a very successful television commentator, first with Eurosport, and then with Channel 4 before joining the BBC as the Chief Athletics Commentator. Steve has co-presented both the Summer and Winter Olympics since Sydney 2000. Most recently he provided the soundtrack for a phenomenal London Olympic Games for Team GB’s athletes, in particular Mo Farah’s stunning 5K and 10K double gold performances.

Steve has also been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live including hosting popular 606 and Sunday Sport. Away from the track and the commentating, Steve recently stepped down as Chairman of the English Institute of Sport, which is a nationwide network of sport science and sports medical support services, designed to foster the talents of our elite athletes of all sports.

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