4,747 miles away from home, or 7,639 kilometers as he would say, North Yorkshire native Marc Scott, joined Bowerman as a freshly graduated englishman ready to make his way in America. Studying abroad at Tulsa University all through college, Marc developed a reputation as a fierce and patient competitor. His road to taking the NCAA 10,000m Championship title was one paved by a collegiate career of calculated risks and consistent improvement. Choosing to “cross the pond” to chase his potential, he landed a scholarship at Tulsa by convincing coach Steve Gulley that he was bound for greatness.
Backing up his silver-tongued assertion of dormant power over longer distances, Marc became an eleven time conference champion, eight time All American, and finally a national champion. Taking second and third at two previous attempts at a national title, Marc’s persistent dedication to patience ultimately paid off. Moving far from home meant time out of the local spotlight: “A lot of people in England don’t know how big it was,” he said NCAA win. Once he took his achievements back across the pond, they were impossible to ignore. In 2017, Marc established himself as one the UK’s most promising distance runners, running 7:43 for 3,000m, 13:23 for 5,000m and representing the Ol’ Union Jack in the 5,000m at the 2017 London World Championships. In 2018, his first full year in the Bowerman Track Club he was the UK champion at 5,000m.
We’re hoping Portland’s immense capacity of cozy coffee shops, sprawling trails, and of course the persistent downpour of London-like rain helps make Marc feel at home as he continues his stay in America. We’re certainly happy to have him in the family.