Project Description

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson is a Team GB Olympian, 8 time European medalist, and sits 4th on the UK all-time rankings over both the Half Marathon (61:00) and the 10,000m (27:27).


Reaching beyond physical and mental limitations has been a passion of Chris’s since the age of 16. He found that distance running was the perfect medium to implement this passion and since joining his local running club, Chris has never looked back.

This ability to push the body has had its ups and downs, with many highs in his career including representing Team GB at European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic level. He has also suffered some of the worst injuries known to the distance running world. These experiences have shaped his knowledge and understanding of how the body works, when to push and when to ease back.

Chris’s latest endeavors have been to challenge himself over the greatest distance of them all – the marathon. He debuted in his first marathon in 2014 running a time of 2h 11mins and finishing 11th overall. This experience left him hungry for more. He set out to run even faster with my eyes on the British record but suffered a slight set back with an achillies surgery that the team headed by Mark Buckingham rehabilitated him back from and now he is gunning towards the best marathon shape of his life.

Talking is something he does best, often featured on BBC Radio 5Live commentating on various sporting events, his ability to talk for an extended period is almost as good as his ability to run for an extended period! Chris would love to share his experiences with others looking to pursue their passions. “One thing I do know is that you can’t do this alone, having the best team and best environment to train in is crucial for success no matter what your level of competition.” Challenging your body to its limits requires care and attention and the most successful sports people will attribute their success to the team around them.

  • 2012 Olympian
  • 8 x European medalist
  • 4th all time UK Half marathoner 61m00
  • 4th all time UK 10,000m 27m27
  • 11th place London Marathon 2014
  • Loughborough graduate
Event Time
3000m 7:43
5000m 13:11
10,000m 27:27
Half Marathon 61:00
Marathon 2:11
  • 2 x National 5000m Champ (2004, 2010)
  • Olympic Games 10,000m – London 2012
  • European Silver medalist 10,000m – Barcelona 2010
  • European Gold medalist U23 5000m – Bydgoszcz 2003
  • European Cross Country Silver medalist U20 – Malmo 2000
  • European Cross country Team senior medalist (2004, 2009)
  • European Cross country Team Junior medalist (1998, 1999, 2000)
  • Commonwealth Games 5th 5000m, 8th 10,000m 2010. Delhi
  • 3 x World Junior Cross Country (1998,1999,2000)
  • Senior World Cross Short Course 19th – Lausanne 2003
  • Senior World Cross Long Course – Brussels 2004

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