During the 1980s, the Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett rivalry bought a large number of young talented athletes into the club. This influx of talent saw the rewriting of nearly all of the club records. One of the most talented of these young athletes who continued his progress into the Senior ranks of the club was Geoff Wightman (pictured below a few years ago).
Geoff held nearly every Senior middle and long distance record at some point. He went on to represent Great Britain over the Marathon distance; at the 1990 European Championships in Split, Yugoslavia, finished 6th in a time of 2:18.1s. He also came 8th in the Commonwealth Games marathon in Auckland, New Zealand in that same year. These two performances still rank as probably the best return over the marathon distance by a British male athlete at two international major championships in one year.