Steve Cram

Stephen Cram, CBE (born 14 October 1960) is a British retired track and field athlete. Along with fellow Britons Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett, he was one of the world's dominant middle distance runners during the 1980s. Nicknamed "The Jarrow Arrow", after his home town, Cram set world records in the 1500 m, 2000 m, and the mile during a 19-day period in the summer of 1985. He was the first man to run 1500 m under 3 minutes and 30 seconds. He won the 1500 m gold medal at the 1983 World Championships and the 1500 m silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Steve Cram
Steve Cram while carrying the Torch for the 2008 Summer Olympics as it passes through Whitehall in London.
Personal information
Full nameStephen Cram[1]
Nickname(s)The Jarrow Arrow[1]
Born (1960-10-14) 14 October 1960 (age 61)[1][2]
Gateshead, England[1][3][2]
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight10 st 12 lb (69 kg)
Event(s)1500 metres, Mile
ClubJarrow & Hebburn[3]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 metres: 1:42.88[4]
1500 metres: 3:29.67[4]
Mile: 3:46.32[4]
3000 metres: 7:43.1[4]
2-mile: 8:14.93[4]
5000 meters: 13:28.58[4]

In 2000, Cram co-founded international children’s charity COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) with British Army Major Jim Panton after running the Bosnia Comrades ultramarathon in 1998. Cram remains chairman of COCO, an organisation which currently provides sustainable sources of quality education to children living in poor, remote parts of East Africa.[5]

In 2008 Cram was appointed Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, replacing Lord Puttnam,[6][7] and in 2009 was elected as President of Jarrow & Hebburn Athletics Club.[8]

Cram now works as a television presenter and athletics commentator, motivational speaker and athletics coach. In 2021, he was elected as the new president of the British Orienteering Federation.[9][10]