Richard Nerurkar

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Richard Nerurkar
Personal information
Born (1964-01-06) 6 January 1964 (age 57)
Wolverhampton, England
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Country Great Britain
ClubBingley Harriers[1]
Coached byBruce Tulloh

Richard David Nerurkar MBE (born 6 January 1964) is a former track and field athlete from Great Britain, competing in the long-distance running events.

Born in Wolverhampton, England, to an Indian father and English mother,[2] he moved to Bradford, where he attended Bradford Grammar School. He has a brother and sister.[3] He won the English national cross-country championship three times and twice finished in the top 20 in the World Cross-Country Championships. On the track, he finished fifth in the 10,000 metres in the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, and 17th in the 10,000m final of the 1992 Olympics. He holds the British record for 10 miles of 46:02, set in October 1993. That year he moved up in distance to the marathon.

He won his debut marathon in Hamburg in a time of 2:12:57 and went on to win his second marathon, the World Cup Marathon in San Sebastián, in October 1993. His other marathons included a fifth place in the 1996 Olympics and a personal best time of 2:08:36 in the 1997 London Marathon where he also finished in fifth place. His time was the third fastest of all time by a British athlete and is the fourth fastest as of 2016.

He is general manager of the Great Ethiopian Run event hosted yearly in Addis Ababa, an event he started in 2001 with Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie.[4] Nerurkar is author of the book Marathon Running: From Beginning to Elite (ISBN 978-0713668308). He was a language teacher at Marlborough College between 1989 and 1991.[5] He was awarded the MBE in 2002.

Nerurkar plays bass and sings backing vocals in an Isley brothers tribute band.[citation needed]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain
1989 Universiade Duisburg, West Germany 12th 5000 m 14:03.07
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 5th 10,000 m 28:07.81
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 5th 10,000 m 27:57.14
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 17th 10,000 m 28:48.48
1993 Hamburg Marathon Hamburg, Germany 1st Marathon 2:10:57
1993 World Cup Marathon San Sebastián, Spain 1st Marathon 2:10:03
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th Marathon 2:11:56
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th Marathon 2:15:47
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 5th Marathon 2:13:39
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 8th Marathon 2:14:02

Personal bests[edit]

Distance Mark Date Location
3,000 metres 7:48.00 1992 Nice
5,000 metres 13:23.26 1990 Brussels
10,000 metres 27:40.03 1993 Oslo
Half Marathon 1:01:06 1996 Ivry-sur-Seine
Marathon 2:08:36 1997 London