Bruce Tulloh

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Bruce Tulloh
Medal record
Representing  United Kingdom
Men’s athletics
European Championships
Gold medal – first place Belgrade 1962 5000 metres

Michael Swinton "Bruce" Tulloh (born 29 September 1935 in Datchet, Berkshire) is an athlete long-distance runner from England, who still competes occasionally, though now in his late seventies. He won the European title in the men's 5,000 metres at the 1962 European Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He was part of a national title winning team Portsmouth A.C. in cross-country and road running in the 1960s. He is still part of that club, now called City of Portsmouth A.C. He was famous for running barefoot in many of his races.[1] His twin daughters were teenage running phenomena in the 1980s setting age-best marks running for their club Swindon A.C. They also ran barefoot.

In 1969, Tulloh ran 2876 miles across America from Los Angeles to New York City in 64 days. This is described in his book Four Million Footsteps, published by Pelham Books and as a Mayflower paperback in 1970.

He was coach to British marathon athlete Richard Nerurkar.

He taught biology at Marlborough College for 20 years.

He has written a book called Running is Easy, essentially an amateur's guide to becoming a good runner.

Tulloh has also been writing for Runner's World. One of his most important contributions is a three-fold training programme for the ten-mile race. The first programme, provided by Tulloh, aims to get you sub-80 mins on a 10M (16K+). That is 4:55/K, for 16+ K. The second program aims to get you sub-70 mins on 10M. This entails 4:17/K each kilometer of the 16+ kilometers which are the ten English miles.


  1. ^ "Olympic memories of Barefoot Bruce, the original Forrest Gump". North Devon Journal. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 

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