Ep 35: Hugh Brasher, Race Director of the London Marathon Talks About the History of London Marathon, Building Sweatshop and Finding Inspiration Through Sports
Hugh Brasher is the Event Director and the Race Director of the prestigious London Marathon. The London Marathon was co-founded by his father and Olympic Gold Medalist Chris Brasher CBE in 1981.
In this episode of Run With Fitpage, Hugh talks about the history of the London Marathon, building Sweatshops, association with TCS and a lot more with our host Vikas Singh.
00:00 – About this episode
01:32 – Welcome Mr Brasher to the show!
01:40 – Hugh talks about his early childhood – The Champions’ Family
04:11 – Building Sweatshops – UK’s largest specialist running chain
13:02 – The story behind the London Marathon
17:44 – Hugh’s memories of the first London Marathon – About the Dick Beardsley episode
23:34 – The London Marathon today
27:37 – Encouraging school kids to take up sports at a young age
32:42 – What is Hugh’s advice to every beginner runner to run the London Marathon?
38:45 – Question from a listener – Good for age entry
41:10 – What’s different this year?
45:56 – Hugh’s advice to runners in India
Hugh Brasher was appointed Event Director of London Marathon Events (LME) in 2012 and was a member of the LME Board of Directors between 2007 and 2010. Hugh worked on the very first London Marathon in 1981. He had worked at every London Marathon since, except in 2005 when he was riding his motorbike from London to Cape Town. Before joining London Marathon Events, Hugh ran the Sweatshop retail chain, which he built up from a single store to 43 stores nationwide before selling the chain to Sports Direct. When Hugh has spare time, he likes to spend it with his family or racing motorbikes, where he is a European champion.
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Instagram – @LondonMarathon
Facebook – London Marathon
Twitter – @LondonMarathon
YouTube – London Marathon
Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale and Reliance before coming up with an idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and help beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
For more information on Vikas, or to leave any feedback and requests, you can reach out to him via the channels below:
LinkedIn: Vikas Singh
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This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.