Carrie interviews Olympian and commentator Tim Hutchings! Tim discusses how he got into running, prepping for race commentary, the doping scandal and founding the Brighton Marathon.
Recorded May 1, 2018 Photo Credit: Mark Shearman
Before becoming a well-known Track & Field TV Commentator, Tim Hutchings carved a successful career as a British international on the track & country, from 1978-90. Boasting PR’s of 3:54 for the mile and 13:11 for 5,000m, Tim was a 2-time IAAF World Cross Country silver medallist (84 & 89), a Commonwealth Games & European Champs 5,000m bronze medallist, and finished 4th in the 1984 Olympic 5,000m. “If I held any world record,” he quips, “it was for losing, for being the nearly man. I came 2nd, 3rd and 4th in loads of things, but that gold always eluded me. On balance though, I had a great time and was incredibly lucky that this amazing sport liked me back.” Since 1990, Tim has forged a career as a TV Commentator, remaining freelance to this day and working all over the world. He’s probably best known as one of the core team that calls track’s Diamond League series, but he’s a regular on the Chicago, New York and Boston marathon commentaries, as well as at dozens of other big road races around the world. Lengthy stints as a consultant at Reebok, the London Marathon and working for the Active Network, gave Tim a broad knowledge of the sport and in 2007 he founded the Grounded Events Company (GEC) which now organizes the UK’s second biggest marathon after London, the Brighton Marathon. He remains CEO of GEC, yet on good terms with the London Marathon where he hosts the event’s press conferences, amongst other things.