This weekend brought former 5000m world record holder, David Moorcroft, to Dean Close School to dine with Sixth Formers at the Francis Bacon Society.

The event was hosted by the School Warden, Jonathan Lancashire, at Dean Close House. After the usual excellent dinner served by the catering staff, David spoke about his career. He told his audience that he has been motivated by athlete, Chris Chataway, who had been a hugely talented runner in the 1950’s, and had inspired him to take up running and join the Coventry Godiva Harriers. He talked about his highlights such as breaking the 3000m and 5000m world records, the latter by 5.79 seconds, and to be the last non-African to have set a world record at that distance. He also touched on the more difficult times when injuries blighted his progress. His final message was to “never change your own personal values whatever you end up doing in life, but to believe in yourself and to do what inspires you.”