David Bedford

po_Bedford-DavidDavid Colin “Dave” Bedford (born December 30, 1949) is an English former long-distance runner, whose athletic career spanned the early 1970s.

Post retirement he served as race director of the London Marathon until 2012, and is the Chairman of the IAAF Road Running Commission (since 2012), as well as sitting on the IAAF Cross Country Committee as the UK Athletics elected representative.

Bedford held the 10,000 meters world record, improving it by 7.6 seconds with his time of 27 minutes 30.80 seconds in 1973. He also held the British records for 3000 m steeplechase and 5000 meters.