Olympic runner gives local athletes tips for training

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Olympic runner Richard Nerurkar was at the Knockburn Centre last weekend to talk about preparation and training for marathons and long distance running.

Richard won the World Marathon Cup in 1993 and finished fifth in the 1996 Olympic Games. His quickest time of 2hr 8min 36secs was set at the 1997 London marathon and that remains the third fastest ever recorded by a Briton. In 2002 he was awarded an MBE for his services to sport.

Richard is a close friend of the legendary Ethiopian distance runner Haile Gebrselassie and between them they organise the Great Ethiopian Run. Richard, who has spent ten years living in Africa, talked about his life in Africa and what British runners could learn from the Ethiopians.

Local former international distance runners Fraser Clyne and Mel Edwards also contributed to the day’s activities. Entries for the 2012 Balmoral road races were also opened at Knockburn on Sunday. Further details at www.runbalmoral.com