Track & Field

How did Steve Cram run 3.46 for the Mile?

The British and European record for the mile has lasted 30 years. On July 27, 1985 Steve Cram ran a staggering 3:46.32 for the mile taking a full second off Sebastian Coe’s World Record.

Athletics Weekly has an excellent article on Cram’s development and coaching principles. Cram focused on steady runs rather high mileage, his approach to Strength and Conditioning “When you get out on the track nobody’s going to ask you to pick up a weight halfway round, nor to do 10 press-ups at the end of each lap”.

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Personal Bests
800 m 1:42.88 1985
1000 m 2:12.88 1985
1500 m 3:29.67 1985
Mile 3:46.32 1985
2000 m 4:51.39 1985
2 Miles 8:14.93 1983
5000 m 13:28.58 1989

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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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