Ambassadors

Steve Cram MBE

Steve Cram MBE

Steve Cram MBE needs little introduction. He was born in Jarrow and was one of the world's dominant middle distance runners during the 1980s winning the 1500 metres gold medal at the 1983 World Championships, and the 1500 metres silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Since retiring from sport, Steve now works as a television presenter and athletics commentator predominantly for the BBC. He has recently been appointed Chancellor of the University of Sunderland and is President of Jarrow & Hebburn Athletics Club.

He was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1983 and was awarded the MBE in 1986. He remains the UK record holder over the mile, 1500 metres and 2000 metres. Steve lives in Northumberland.

James Cracknell

James Cracknell

James Cracknell is one of Britain’s most successful athletes of all time, with two Olympic Golds and six World Championship titles.

Since retiring from sport, James has had many adventures and raised thousands of pounds for charity. He recently teamed up with TV adventurer Ben Fogle to race across the Atlantic in a rowing boat and then with Ben and Dr. Ed Coats traversed the 473.6 miles to the South Pole.

James is also a journalist of some renoun, writing a column for a national newspaper and was the Olympic presenter for ITV News at Ten during the Bejing Olympics

He is married to television presenter and journalist Beverley Turner, with one young son Croyde and baby daughter Kiki.

Brendan Foster CBE

Brendan Foster

Brendan Foster CBE was born in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, is a British former distance runner and founder of the Great North Run.

After university, Brendan became a secondary-school chemistry teacher with pupils including football manager Phil Brown, who he tried to encourage to take up running over football.

His athletics career saw him compete in three Olympic Games, claiming Britain's only track and field medal (bronze in the 10,000 metres) at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Since retiring from the sport after the Moscow Olympics in 1980, Foster has worked for BBC Television, commentating and reporting on Athletics at every major event since 1983.

Brendan is also the Managing Director of Nova International, and was Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University from 2005 to 2009. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.

Greg Rusedski

Greg Rusedski

Greg Rusedski bound his way to success since turning pro in 1991 going on to reach Number 4 in the world and Britain's No. 1 Tennis Player. During his successful career, Greg won 15 prestigious single titles, the first title being taken at the Hall of Fame Championship in Newport, Rhode Island in 1993. He reached the singles final of the U.S. Open in 1997, where he lost to Pat Rafter in four sets and in the same year was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Greg was also proud to participate in the British Davis Cup Team and in addition held the record for the fastest serve at 149 miles per hour until 2004.

In 1998 he won his biggest tournament of his career at the ATP Masters Series Paris and defeated the then World No.1 Pete Sampras in the final. Greg recalls this as his greatest moment and most memorable match played to date.

Since retiring from tennis, Greg has taken on the role as the L.T.A. Talent Ambassador, he also commentates on Sky, BBC and Eurosport.

Greg lives in London with his wife Lucy and their daughter, Scarlett Mary and son John James. He enjoys Golf and is a massive James Bond fan.