Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brendan to Give Up His Running Commentary

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brendan to Give Up His Running Commentary

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Byline: Mark Douglas Writer mark.douglas@ncjmedia.com

BRENDAN Foster will retire from athletics commentary this summer - bringing to a close a 40-year career behind the microphone-.

After hanging up his running shoes following a fantastic track career that saw him win major medals at the European Championships, Olympics and Commonwealth Games, he became a broadcaster and has established himself as one of the country's most iconic commentators.

But he will step down in August after working for BBC Sport on nine summer Olympic Games, every Commonwealth Games since 1982 and every World Athletics Championships since its debut back in 1983. He will step down following the London World Championships in August but Foster will begin his 'lap of honour' commentating on this Sunday's London Marathon - his 37th edition of the famous race.

To mark his outstanding contribution to the Marathon he's also been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the John Disley London Marathon Lifetime Achievement Award.

HRH Prince Harry, Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, will present Brendan with the award following the race on Sunday.

Foster said: "I have loved every minute of my time working for BBC Sport. It has genuinely been a privilege and I am very lucky to have done what I have done since my competitive career finished.

"My very first commentary was shortly after the 1980 Olympics at a Cross Country event at Gateshead and that's when I started to work with the greatest sports broadcaster of all time, David Coleman.

"David was just so professional and diligent and he taught me so much - from what to say and how to say it - and he also taught me that if you want to be a good commentator or analyst, you have to be prepared and do your research and work hard.

"After David retired, Steve Cram took over and working with 'Crammy' for almost 20 years has been so special too. It's maybe because of our North East roots we developed a chemistry on air that worked so well. …

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