Monday, April 30, 2018

Rest in Peace, Bruce Tulloh

We at Kimbia express our deepest condolences to the family of Bruce Tulloh, a dear friend and one of the most respected and loved figures in the sport, who passed away last weekend at the age of 82.

Tulloh, pictured above (photo by Getty Images), was European 5000m champion in 1962 and a prolific coach and writer after his retirement, one whose work helped foster the next generation of distance runners.

Bruce stood out from his peers during his competitive career, not only for his talent but also his approach. He was the first non-African to compete without shoes at the top level, a decision which saw many mimic his style in the years that followed and eventually spurned the barefoot running craze that swept throughout the sport over the past two decades.

But he excelled far beyond the track. He broke the world record for the coast-to-coast run across America, covering 2876 miles in just 64.9 days to take more than four days off the previous best. And he did it without a big support crew, just his wife Sue and young son Clive for company.

As a writer, he published 23 titles and the wisdom within them prevails today. Like a true running addict, he remained competitive into his 70s, even clocking a mind-boggling 1:16 half marathon at the age of 60.

At Kimbia, we had the pleasure of interviewing Bruce during the production of Bannister a number of years ago, a documentary about Roger Bannister accomplishing ‘Everest on the Track’with his four-minute mile in 1954.

For all of his achievements, Tulloh will be remembered best by those who knew him for his manner – an incredible storyteller, a font of running wisdom and a generous man who gave the world so much. For more on him, Roger Robinson’s piece in Athletics Weekly is well worth a read.

May he rest in peace.

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