I was very sad to hear of the passing on John Disley at the start of this week. He was one half of the dynamic duo – along with Chris Brasher – who launched the London marathon. I never met Mr. Disley, but from what I have read about him, he was a man who lived life to the full, from his youth in the hills of Wales to building a globally renowned race. He competed in Olympics and international competitions along the way. You can read about his extraordinary life here.
My question is where is the next John Disley? Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder of Parkrun seems to be a man cut from similar cloth. Certainly he has created a running programme that is having a huge impact. And there is Charlie Dark, founder and leader of the RunDemCrew which is inspiring a whole generation of youngsters to take up a sport that they didn’t seriously consider before. But with so many millions of people running to some extent regularly, I wonder if there are other figures who are going to create something truly phenomenal? Something that will inspire people in the same way the ‘London’ has over the years?
If you know of someone, please let me know. Perhaps we can set something up to recognise such people and acknowledge their gifts to the world of running.