Brendan Foster CBE lecture
British Olympian and Founder of the Great North Run, Brendan Foster, gave an inspirational talk to UCFB Burnley students.
Brendan Foster won the bronze medal for the 10,000m in the Montreal Olympics in 1976 and broke the Olympic record for the 5,000m in the same year. Brendan went on to set World Records over 2 miles and 3,000m. He also won three medals in three consecutive Commonwealth Games, culminating in the gold medal at Edmonton 1978, and has two European Championships medals including gold in Rome 1974. For his achievements, Brendan was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 1974 and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1976.
Brendan’s business career is equally impressive. He was appointed as UK Managing Director for Nike before progressing to European Managing Director and Vice-President Marketing (Worldwide). In 1981, Foster founded the Great North Run, which is now the UK’s biggest road race with over 50,000 participants every year. Brendan is also a regular pundit and commentator for BBC athletics programmes, with extensive media experience.
On a day that also featured guest lectures from BBC Directors Peter Salmon and Ian Haythornthwaite, it provided a fantastic opportunity for UCFB students to listen to Brendan’s advice and experience in an exclusive interactive session at the UCFB Burnley campus.