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Brendan Foster

Brendan Foster’s athletics career saw him compete in in three Olympic Games; the 1970 Commonwealth Championships in Edinburgh (15,000m), the 1974 European Championships (5,000m) and the 1978 Commonwealth Championship in Edmonton (10,000m).

He also set two world records for the 3,000m (1972 and 1974), competed in three Olympic Games and claimed Britain’s only track and field medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

In 1980, Brendan retired from active athletics. His career as a commentator began shortly afterwards and he has worked for the BBC commentating and reporting on Athletics at every major event since 1983.

Brendan was also the brains behind Britain’s biggest annual road race, The Great North Run.

Brendan Foster was awarded the MBE in 1976 and a CBE in 2008.

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