Where are they now?: Dick Beardsley
Tuesday 12 April 1994
'It just happened,' Beardsley recalled. 'Nothing was pre-planned.' Even though neither sought to win outright, their time - 2hr 11min 48sec - was the fastest ever in England and contributed to a record sequence of 13 consecutive personal bests by Beardsley, who peaked at 2.08:53 in Boston in 1982.
Beardsley retired to his dairy farm in 1988, whereupon he entered an extraordinary sequence of mishaps. 'First I got caught up in a rotating shaft on the farm and almost had my left leg torn off at the knee. I was really lucky - twice they were going to amputate.'
Next: three road accidents. 'A lady ran a stop sign and totalled our car; then I got hit by a truck, and then, in a snowstorm, I flipped my own truck and totalled that.'
Incredibly, he plans a comeback. 'I had back surgery and haven't run since December but if I can get back into half-decent shape I may go after a sub-2.20 as a master (veteran), maybe in London in 1996.'
Now 38, the farm sold, he lives with his wife and adopted Honduran son in Crookston, Minnesota, making a living as a motivational speaker, farm broadcaster and fishing expedition guide.
Latest in Sport
Luis Suarez to Barcelona: Striker will be unveiled at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, according to reports in Spain
World Cup 2014: Neymar's agent launches scathing attack on Brazil's Luis Felipe Scolari, labelling him 'an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous'
Loic Remy to Arsenal? Gunners close in on move for QPR and France striker - reports
Angel di Maria: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 'monitoring' Real Madrid star
World Cup 2014: The 50 best players of the World Cup
- 2 Question Time's 'passionate highlander' is the William Wallace of the Better Together campaign
- 3 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client, a FTSE 100 organisation are u...
£300 - £350 per day + competitive: Orgtel: My client, a leading bank, is curre...
£33000 per annum + pension, 25 days holiday: Ashdown Group: A highly successfu...
£28000 - £32000 per annum + pension, 25 days holiday: Ashdown Group: A highly ...