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A Look Back To... The Career of Lord Seb Coe

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Seb Coe
Coe - a key figure in the sport both on and off the track

UKA Head Coach Charles van Commenee has also asked Lord Sebastian Coe to form a new endurance advisory group consisting of UK's distance running luminaries to assist and advise on policy making decisions in the discipline.

Lord Coe has agreed to chair the group and has recruited Paula Radcliffe, Dave Bedford, Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Liz McColgan along with Ian Stewart.  The group will meet on a regular basis, the first being on Sunday at this weekend's IAAF World Athletics Gala in Monaco. Amongst them, the group have earned the following honours from the sport:


*           8 Olympic medals

*           21 world records

*           18 World Championship medals

*           16 European Championship medals

*           12 Commonwealth Games medals



Charles van Commenee said: “I am delighted that the group of seven of Britain’s endurance running luminaries have made themselves available to support the future of the discipline as part of the advisory group. They know more than me on my own about this area and I am sure their contribution will be invaluable. I look forward to working with Ian and the wider group to help Britain’s talented distance runners fulfill their potential.

Seb Coe said: "What is important is that this group unites behind Charles, Ian and the wider endurance community in a positive and ambitious manner to do all we can to turn round our middle and long distance fortunes between now and 2012.


"When Charles asked me to chair to the group, I didn’t hesitate.  We have a great endurance heritage in this country and with that comes expertise, new ideas and a common desire to see our distance athletes achieve success.  This is a sure sign that the new team of Niels de Vos and Charles van Commenee are willing to embrace that expertise and use it to re-ignite our country's passion for endurance."



Steve Ovett, Seb Coe and Steve Cram
Golden Era - Coe's Endurance Advisory Board will seek to help GB endurance athletes improve

 With Coe a Double Olympic Gold medalist over 1500m and the leader of the successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he is no stranger to winning.


To learn more about his success on the track, visit our Hall of Fame section to read about the career of Seb Coe


Every month will see new biographies added to the Supporters section of the UKA website – and subscribers to E-Inspire will be the first to exclusively see these articles.



E-Inspire will be taking a break during the Christmas and New Year period and will return with a new look in the Spring!