Olympic fever reached a new level at Brooksbank School Sports College when three-times world record holder Steve Cram called in.
Along with fellow Brits Sebastain Coe and Steve Ovett he dominated middle distance running in the 1980s.
Mr Cram told Y10 students about his dedication to athletics which resulted him wining a 1,500 metre silver medal at the 1984 Olympics. He also set three world records during a 19-day spell in 1985 at 1,500 metres, 2,000 metres and the mile.
Mr Cram told students to work hard and they too could achieve well.
“And, it has been really good seeing them get excited about the Olympics,” said Steve, who will be commentating on TV during the athletics.
Ben Jackson, 15, said he enjoyed the talk.
“He explained how he got to his level and said we should be inspired to achieve our goals,” he said.
Head teacher Kevin McCallion said Steve’s talk was terrific and fitted well with the school motto “aspire and achieve.”
Mark Ragan, school director of sport, said the Olympics had featured in school for the last three months and previously Darren Campbell - who won Olympic gold in the 4x100 relay in 1984 - also visited.
“Such visits most definitely bring the Olympics to life for pupils,” he said.