Reposted September 30, 2017.
We liked what David had to say here, and thought you should get them one after the other.
David Bedford is one of our sports’ most iconic figures, having raced in the 1960s and 1970s in cross country, and on the track, against the finest in the world. His training was made to put him in tremendous shape, or destroy him. He did both on several occassions, with his 10,000m WR of 27:30.80 in 1973. His front running style and colorful commentary endeared him to generations of British and global athletic fans. His largest influence on the sport was his tenure as race director of the Virgin Money London Marathon, ending in 2012. David Bedford now orchestrates that fields at the Virgin Money London Marathon whtih the focus of a symphony conductor. Truth is, if an athlete is not in the London Marathon field, that is probably because David Bedford did not see how they fit into the race.
This video was part of a one hour block spent with Mr. Bedford in May 2017. As fan and observer of Mr. Bedford, this was my dream interview. Special thanks to Adam Johnson Eder for the video work, and Algernon Felice and Mike Deering on the production end. The Shoe addicts produced this series of videos for RunBlogRun.
David Bedford does not get the respect nor appreciaiton of his championing of clean marathon running in particular and clean athletics in general. Here is his second part of a two part interview on Drug Testing in Track & Field. For our readers benefits, we have placed the link for part one on this page as well.
Part 1 of Drug Testing in Track & Field, click here: https://www.runblogrun.com/2017/08/david-bedford-talks-drug-testing-in-track-field-pt-1.html
Part 1 of David Bedford talks Drug Testing in Track & Field, see below.