Hello there,

I’m Patricia Liddell-Russell, Eric Liddell’s eldest daughter. My sisters and I are great supporters of the work of the Eric Liddell Centre. It’s a fantastic place doing amazing work for the people of Edinburgh in Scotland. I have noticed that the pages about my Dad on this website get far more hits than any other pages. Clearly you’re interested in Dad but also appreciate the work the ELC is doing in Dad’s name. Can you please help me support them by giving an online donation, right now, to their work?

The Centre is currently hosting a fundraising appeal for their Dementia Daycare Fundraising Appeal. This vital service provides person centred care and supports people who are living with dementia.

Click here to give them a donation now. Any amount you choose to give will automatically get converted into your own currency on your card’s statement.)

God bless,



Eric Liddell - A Life Inspired

With the conclusion of the London 2012 Olympics we know that more people than ever have come to know about the remarkable man that was Eric Liddell. This section of our web site has been designed to help you find out more about his inspirational life and work, which still continues to inspire people to this day.


We hope that as you read through the range of information and stories about Eric that you will really enjoy the experience. As you explore Eric’s life you will find a man who was and continues to be a superb example of someone who lived out the Olympic ideals while upholding the Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius” which means, “Swifter, Higher, Stronger”, throughout his life.
On its website the International Olympic Committee, writing about the Olympic Movement states,
  • International Olympic Committee
    It is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind.
    International Olympic Committee
  • International Olympic Committee
    The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind, in a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
    International Olympic Committee
At the 1924 Paris Olympics, when the motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” was first used, Eric Liddell won a bronze medal in the 200m and then even greater glory by winning gold in the 400m. Eric went on, however, to embody the Olympic ideals by the way that he lived his life.

You will read all about him:

  • Shaking hands with other competitors prior to races.

  • Coming alongside competitors who were being shunned because they were different.

  • Teaching children in school.

  • Acting as a coach or a referee.

  • Working with very poor people.

  • Rescuing victims of war.

At the core of his life Eric believed that God was his saviour, friend and companion and that everything he did should give God pleasure. As a runner he was the fastest and had achieved the highest glory, and as a Christian he found that his greatest strength came from God. It was because of this strength that he was able:
  • to be parted from his family for long periods of time – sometimes up to six years!

  • to smuggle money to Chinese people who were living in parts of China occupied by the Japanese army.

  • to teach people about “loving your enemy” while they were all imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp.

We hope that you enjoy reading about Eric and that you will find his life inspiring.

As we all look towards the Rio Olympics in 2016 it is our hope and prayer that young people throughout the world will find inspiration, friendship and peace, running hand in hand.
A book on Eric Liddell’s life in China was donated to the Eric Liddell Centre in November 2011 during a visit by a delegation from the Chinese municipality of Tianjin, where Liddell was born in 1902.