Nick Rose
Personal information
Nationality England
Born (1951-12-30) 30 December 1951 (age 72)
Bristol, England[1]
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Event(s)middle- and long-distance running
ClubBristol Athletics Club
Medal record
Men's athletics
 United Kingdom and  England
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Paris 12 kilometres
Gold medal – first place 1980 Paris Team
Gold medal – first place 1979 Limerick Team
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 1982 Brisbane 5000 metres

Nicholas Henry Rose (born 30 December 1951) is a British former international track and field athlete. He competed in a variety of middle-distance and long-distance running events. He is the current European record holder in the 10K run (road),[2] and British record holder in the 4×1 mile relay event. He set the world record in the half-marathon in 1979. His personal best in the half-marathon is 1:01:03, the second fastest British time after Steve Jones.[3] He also held the British record in the indoor 2 miles event with 8:18.4—a record which stood for 24 years exactly.[4]

Rose's first major victory came in the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship in 1974, competing for Western Kentucky University. He successfully made the progression to professional athletics, running the fastest indoor 3000 metres time of any athlete in 1978.[5] He was the national champion in the 10,000 metres in 1980.[6]

He ran in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships twice. He made his first appearance in 1979 where he finished 21st and was a member of the winning English team. He returned the following year and this time took the bronze in the individual event and led the English team to an overall victory.[7]

Rose competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics in the 5000 metres event but failed to qualify for the final.[1] He took the silver medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games, coming second to Dave Moorcroft in the 5000 metres.[8] Rose competed only once at the World Championships in Athletics, finishing in seventh in the 10,000 metres in 1983.[9] He found success at the 1983 Gate River Run in Florida however, winning the 15 km race in 43:42.[10] Rose made his second Olympic appearance at the 1984 Summer Olympics, this time competing in the 10,000 metres event, finishing twelfth in the final.[11] He won the national championships in the 10000 metres race in 1984.[6]

He continued to run into the masters division, winning the Boilermaker Road Race in 1993.[12]


  1. ^ a b Sports-reference biography Nick Rose. Sports-Reference. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
  2. ^ 10 Kilometres All Time Top List. IAAF. Retrieved on 1 June 2010.
  3. ^ UNITED KINGDOM ALL-TIME LISTS - MEN. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
  4. ^ Early birthday present for Colin Jackson as John Mayock breaks 24-year-old British record. IAAF (17 February 2002). Retrieved on 2009-04-28.
  5. ^ All-time men's best 3000 m. All time Athletics. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
  6. ^ a b AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (MEN). GBR athletics. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
  7. ^ IAAF WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
  8. ^ COMMONWEALTH GAMES MEDALLISTS - ATHLETICS (MEN). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
  9. ^ Men 10000m Athletics World Championship 1983 Helsinki (FIN) - Tuesday 09.08 Archived 7 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Todor66. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
  10. ^ Gate River Run History Of Winners. Official Gate River Run website. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
  11. ^ Sports Lion. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Records Preceded byTony Simmons Men's Half Marathon World Record Holder 14 October 1979 – 7 December 1979 Succeeded byKirk Pfeffer