Former World Champion Steve Cram has announced he is joining the UK Athletics endurance programme as an advisor and mentor.
Cram, who won World Championship gold in Helsinki in 1983, will join up with fellow Brit Paula Radcliffe on the programme, reports Athletics Weekly. The 1500m runner turned BBC commentator also won the silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and was one part of Britain's very dominant period in the middle-distance events during the 1980s.
"It's an exciting time for the British Athletics endurance programme," said Cram.
"It's great to be a part of it."
Along with Radcliffe, who was appointed as a key advisor back in December, Cram will also work alongside Mo Farah's coach, Alberto Salazar and the head of endurance, Barry Fudge.
"Barry, Alberto, Paula and the team have been making good progress over the last six months and everything is on track for success as we head towards Rio 2016 and London 2017," he said.
Team GB have been relatively successful over the past few years in the endurance events at major championships, with Farah perhaps the best known of recent successes. The runner is the current world and Olympic 5000 and 10,000m champion, but there have also been triumphs in the middle-distance events, particularly the 1500m.
Lisa Dobriskey, Hannah England, and of course Kelly Holmes have all won medals at major events in the last 10 years. With Coe's help, UK athletics will be hoping the endurance programme can help bring through more medal winning distance runners.
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