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(l to r) Olympic gold medal 100 metre relay winner Jason Gardener, Gold winning Fiji 7’s coach Ben Ryan, Olympic swimmer Mark Foster and 10.000 metre record holder David Bedford
World champion and Olympic breast stroke swimmer Mark Foster
Britain’s most successful track athlete Sir Mo Farah at the Wharf in Teddington
David Bedford OBE, holder of the 10.000 metres record still sporting his famous Mexican style moustache
Jason Gardener MBE was the leader runner in the 100 metre gold-medal winning relay team in Athens in 2004
Fiji’s gold medal winning rugby 7’s coach in Rio, 2016 Ben Ryan (centre) who is now performance coach at Premiership football club Brentford


Track legend Sir Mo Farah was a surprise guest at the latest SporTedd fundraising Olympic Preview event at The Wharf in Teddington.

The four times Gold medallist is one of the world’s greatest long distance runners and was a familiar figure locally when he lived in Waldegrave Road and trained in Bushy Park.

His appearance was a massive boost to the event and he agreed to join the panel of former 2004 Olympic Gold medallist 100 metre relay star Jason Gardener, Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, Gold medal winning Fiji rugby 7’s coach Ben Ryan and 10.000 metre record holder David Bedford.

Former sports editor Alison Kervin quizzed the panel about their differing Olympic experiences and memorable stories including their training regimes and their views on the upcoming Olympics in Paris.

SporTedd chair Trevor Alldridge said: “We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of our sporting hero guests who give their time freely to support SporTedd and of course all those who attend and help us support those local sporting organisations which need a bit of financial help.”

About 80 guests enjoyed a three course supper at the riverside restaurant where raffle prizes included Team GB memorabilia, tickets for England v Japan at Twickenham, signed photos, vouchers for local restaurants and boxes of Walkers crisps.

SporTedd was set up to raise funds for local sport-themed projects and is close to reaching a massive £100.000 milestone. If you are interested in joining or you are involved in an organisation which may need financial support go to www.sportedd.co.uk





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