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Julian Norris Goater (born 12 January 1953) is a British long-distance runner.
He began his running career while attending The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree, where his father Barry was a master. In 1979 he was a member of the team that took the gold medal at IAAF World Cross Country Championships. He was also in the team that won the silver medal in World Cross Country Championships in 1982. In 1981 he was the National Cross Country champion and finished 4th in IAAF WCCC. He set the second fastest 5000m time for a Briton (behind Brendan Foster) when he ran a time of 13:15.59 in 1981 at Crystal Palace, London. His best time for the 10,000 m is 27:34.58 which was achieved in Oslo in 1982 and is still in the UK top 10 of best ever times.
Goater took up triathlon and duathlon in the 1990s competing at National and International Age-Group levels. During the late 1990s he joined Team Volcano International, run by Chris Eversfield and Iain Parsons, competing for the TVI Team Volcano team over a number of seasons. Goater achieved a gold medal at the World Duathon Championships (2001) in Rimini, picking up another gold in Australia in 2005. He remains an active coach, athlete and author. He is now living in Surrey and is often seen in the park training young runners. In the summer academic term he visits some primary schools, training KS2 children in cross country, particularly in the Bracknell area.
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