6 January 1964|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lb)|
|Coached by||Bruce Tulloh|
Born in Wolverhampton, England, to an Indian father and English mother, he moved to Bradford, where he attended Bradford Grammar School. He has a brother and sister. 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 Gebreselassie. Nerurkar is author of the book Marathon Running: From Beginning to Elite.(ISBN 978-0713668308) He was previously a language teacher at Marlborough College, between 1989 and 1991. He was awarded the MBE in 2002.
Richard is a talented musician and plays bass and sings backing vocals in an Isley brothers tribute band.
|Representing the United Kingdom|
|1990||European Championships||Split, Yugoslavia||5th||10,000m||28:07.81|
|1991||World Championships||Tokyo, Japan||5th||10,000m||27:57.14|
|1992||Olympic Games||Barcelona, Spain||17th||10,000m||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|