At the leading end of things, Carnethy heroes Dave Hanna, Matt Curry and Nicola Duncan were all pushing hard in the solo event, followed not far behind by Phil Humphries and my workmate Roger. In the teams, Eoin, Aisling and John Busby had formed a team for Aisling’s work and were always out in front, but Alan Renville also had a Carnethy team in who were also running strongly. During the race it was very hard to tell, because the live timing results were nothing short of incomprehensible, so for the entire thing I had no idea who was winning at anything.
In 1962, Nawal El Moutawakel was born in Casablanca, Morocco. She continued her university studies in the United States, which led her to the position of an athletic coach. In 1995, she became a member of the International Athletics Federation. She later became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1998, holding important positions on the Executive Board. At the same time, King Hassan II appointed her as Secretary of State for Youth and Sports in Morocco. She once again held this position in 2007 as minister. She is a symbol of the modern Moroccan woman: a figure of a movement of emancipation through sport, culture, and integration with the political life. She is currently Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Noureddine Morceli was born in 1970 in Ténès, Algeria. He was 7 years old when he saw his eldest brother, Abderahmane, the 1,500-metre Algerian champion on television, finishing 4th in the World Cup in Montreal in 1977. He then decided to follow in his brother’s footsteps. His first success goes back to the 1988 World Junior Championship, where he won a silver medal in the 1,500 metres. He went on to the World Cup Circuit in 1990, where he achieved the best world performance of the season with a time of 3h:37:87, always in the 1,500-metre distance. In 1991, he beat the 1,500-metre indoor world record in Seville, and then won the gold medal at the 1991 World Championships in Athletics in Tokyo.