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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.

This is the moment three former Olympians – Denise Lewis, Colin Jackson and Michael Johnson – cheered home Great Britain’s Mo Farah for Gold in the 5,000 metres. The trio were sat in the BBC TV studio inside the Olympic… Read more

The 2017 London Marathon will take place on the streets of London this Sunday, as tens of thousands of runners take on the 26.2-mile course. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge broke away from compatriot Stanley Biwot last year to claim victory in… Read more

The BBC will broadcast live coverage of the Great North Run on Sunday morning. The half-marathon that runs from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields sees Mo Farah attempt to retain his title in the men’s elite race. The British… Read more

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The 2014 Commonwealth Games (officially the XX Commonwealth Games) will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014. The BBC will broadcast more than 300 hours of network coverage over 11 days of world-class sporting action…. Read more