Jarrow Arrow will inspire new generation of athletes

JARROW Arrow Steve Cram is ready to inspire a new generation of runners after agreeing to become president of his old athletic club.

The former world champion middle-distance runner and Olympic silver medallist has been unveiled as the new president of Jarrow and Hebburn Athletic Club, based at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow.

Cram, now better known as a TV track and field commentator, began his illustrious career at the club, where he was guided to greatness by his late coach Jimmy Hedley.

Now Cram is to pass on tips of the track to young runners as part of his new role, after accepting the invitation to become president from club chairman Phil Crowell.

Cram, who broke world records at 1,500m, 2,000m and the mile in the space of just 19 days in 1985, also won an Olympic silver medal and gold at the Commonwealth, European and World Championships.

He said: "When Phil contacted me, it didn't take long for me to make my decision.

"Having started out as a young athlete at the club, to come back as president is quite an honour.

"I will be looking to help as much as I can with future development of the club, as well as offering training tips to junior athletes."

Mr Crowell said: "For a while now, the committee has discussed the possibility of Steve becoming club president.

"I contacted him about a month ago to make the formal invitation.

"He replied quickly, saying that he would be delighted to take up the presidency.

"The committee is extremely pleased that Steve agreed, and feel that having him at the head of our organisation can only help to raise our profile."

Jarrow and Hebburn Athletic Club is also looking for new members and volunteers.

Call Monkton Stadium on 489 1283 or visit the club website at www.jhac.org.uk.