Former 10,000m world record holder David Bedford today (21 July) received an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University.
David Bedford is one of the most recognisable characters in British athletics and is currently Race Director of the Virgin London Marathon, an elected member on the IAAF Cross Country Committee and the Road Running Commission.
Born in north London, his running career spanned ten years (1964-1974) and he is the only British former world record holder at 10,000m, a European record holder at 5,000m, a former world cross country champion.
David joined the London Marathon in 1986, creating arguably the world’s most famous marathon, generating more than £100 million for London’s economy every year.
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “The fact that David has reached the top as both a sportsman and a sports administrator shows exactly why he deserves this honour and why he will inspire the Middlesex students who graduated alongside him.”
David collected his honorary doctorate at a ceremony at the University's Hendon Campus (North London) today.
The award is made during the University’s annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community.