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Sport  Athletics
Event(s)  800–5000 m

Name  William Seagrove
Role  Olympic athlete
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Born  2 July 1898London, United Kingdom
Personal best(s)  880 yd – 1:58.0 (1927) Mile – 4:21.2 (1924) 3000 m – 9:00.0e (1920) 5000 m – 15:21.0 (1920)
Died  June 5, 1980, Seaford, United Kingdom
Olympic medals  Athletics at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres team race
Club  University of Cambridge, Achilles Club
Similar People  Edvin Wide, Paavo Nurmi, Ville Ritola

William Raymond Seagrove (2 July 1898 – 5 June 1980) was a British middle-distance runner. Seagrove was born in London and educated at Highgate School, leaving in April 1917. After serving in the army during World War I, he competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics. He won a silver medal in the 3000 metre team event and finished sixth in the 5000 metre. Four years later at the 1924 Summer Olympics he won a silver medal with the 3000 m British team again.

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For a time he taught at Glenalmond College and in 1926 he founded Normansal preparatory school in Seaford, East Sussex, where he was initially headmaster and mathematics master. He remained actively involved in the running of the school after his retirement, and the appointment of Rex Hackett to the headship. Seagrove Way, a street in Seaford, is named after him.

Seagrove was an all-rounder in life. An accomplished pianist and violinist, he ran the Normansal School choir, introduced boys to opera and organised annual visits to the Vienna Boys Choir concerts in Brighton. He was master of ceremonies and umpire at the annual sports day: eight-year-olds competed in pole vault, long jump, shot as well as the usual events. Long distance running was encouraged.

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