Search

Former distance runner David Bedford is a ‘fast food predator’

17:00 15 December 2012

David Bedford  former long distance runner

David Bedford former long distance runner

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

David Bedford, who has lived around Hampstead his entire life, is a former world record holder for the 10,000 metres and until recently was the race director for the London Marathon.

What brought you to Hampstead?

I was born at Queen Mary (maternity home) in Hampstead so I guess the stork brought me here and ever since I have been in or around Hampstead, my spiritual home.

What makes you smile after a bad day?

A great pint of London Pride at the Duke of Hamilton. Is there any better way? Perhaps a swim in the ponds in summer, but not in winter because it’s far too cold.

You’re mayor for the day, what would you change?

I would bring back all the pubs that have been shut over the last 20 years. I’d get rid of the parking restrictions which mean that people from outside are not welcome in Hampstead. It’s impossible for people to visit so they don’t come. We need a massive underground car park, strategically and carefully placed so that it allows people to come, but does not destroy the village feel.

Tell us one of Hampstead’s hidden secrets?

I’ve spent a lot of time running and walking on the Heath and one of my favourite bits is Pitt House Gateway near Jack Straw’s Castle (the ruins of North End House where former prime minister William Pitt stayed as he battled depression in 1766). Most people don’t know it because it’s part of the Heath that people don’t walk on. There are parts of it you would not want to picnic on, but that’s not one of them.

It’s a special occasion, where would you take your guests? I would always go to Villa Bianca or La Gaffe as my two restaurants of choice. Villa Bianca still has a classy feel about it and, although some people question the food I find it absolutely fine and always feel like you’re there for a special occasion. But often as not I am a predator of local take-aways, especially if they do a good curry. If anyone comes to visit me they always stay at La Gaffe, which has that wonderful family atmosphere.

If you had £100 to blow in Hampstead, what would you spend it on?

Beer, probably in the Duke of Hamilton on a Monday when it is even cheaper than normal. You would get an awful lot for your money: there might even be enough for Tuesday!

If you had to write your own epitaph, what would it say? Failed to win the Olympic gold, but as race director for the London Marathon, raised half a billion for charity.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

08:00
Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections, British Library

Historian Peter Barber OBE is head of maps at the British Library and has lived in or near Highgate nearly all his life. The 66-year-old, now of Crouch End, sits on the council at Lauderdale House and has documented its history in 1993 tome, Lauderdale Revealed

12:30
Tessa Walker with her award. Picture: Paul Starr

A Whittington Hospital nurse has been recognised at the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards.

Yesterday, 17:46
Mike Freer. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

With just under three weeks left until the general election, Conservative Mike Freer is locked in a fierce battle with Labour’s Sarah Sackman for re-election as Finchley and Golders Green MP. Tim Lamden caught up with Mr Freer ahead of the May 7 election.

Yesterday, 17:00
The boy dragged the female victim into the bushes in Ainger Road in Primrose Hill. Picture: Google Streetview

A boy has pleaded guilty to sexual assault after a woman was dragged into the bushes and had her clothes ripped off in a brutal attack in Primrose Hill.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Glen Moray whiskey could be winging its way to you.

The Glen Moray Classic is a classic Speyside single malt and forms the starting point for the Classic Range.

Seasons 1-4 on Blu-ray, as well as a shiny new Sony Blu-ray player could be coming your way!

To celebrate the fifth series of George RR Martin and HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones, Ladbrokes is giving away a series one to four Blu-ray box set along with a Sony Blu-ray player to one lucky winner!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder