Brendan Foster


Plaque: Brendan Foster
Location: Gateshead Quayside Millenium Bridge.

Brendan Foster CBE is a British former long-distance runner, and responsible for founding the Great North Run the UK’s biggest road race, and most subscribed half-marathon in the world. He remains one of Britain’s most popular athletes, due largely to his quiet and unassuming manner and his allegiance to his local club, the Gateshead Harriers, regardless of his many successes in the international arena.

During his career, Foster competed in three Olympic Games and broke two world records – the 2 mile and 3000m – as well as the 5000m UK record, the 1500m UK record and the 10000m European record. After winning gold in the 5000m at the 1974 European Championships, he returned to Britain a national hero, and was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the year (1974). In 1976 Foster was also awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), for his services to sports.

Brendan Foster has worked for the BBC commentating on Athletics at every major event since 1983, and in 1981. Foster was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Years Honors List (2008) for his services to sports broadcasting and sports.