The Blackford Index

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Posted: 27 October 2003

Blackford on...

The New York City Marathon...
"Given that I dislike New York and loathe marathons, I enjoyed the New York City Marathon immensely. It started well – I managed to avoid getting peed on from the upper deck of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge...."

Healthy living...
"Four days into this draconian diet and I feel as if I spent last night drinking absinthe and heroin cocktails. My head is gripped in an invisible man-trap, my tongue looks like a mink stole and I’m sweating like a whore in church."

When runners were runners
“D’yer remember Daffyd Thomas from Pontypridd?”
“Aye. I wuz out with ’im, night before t’ ’73 European Championships. Sixteen pints he put down, an’ an ’alf pint of creme de menthe in the taxi. I ’ad to carry ’im upstairs to bed. Turns out it wasn’t even ’is ’ouse. T’were ’is next door neighbours, like. To make things worse, he were sick on their cat.”
“Aye. He ran a crackin’ race next day though. Knocked three seconds of t’ Commonwealth 10,000m record, as I recall.”

Andy Blackford is the warped genius behind the last page of Runner's World magazine each month. He's written over 60 columns for Runner's World, and we're going to be uploading a fresh one every week.

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Is this Andy Blackford the same 'warped genius' that writes a column for Diver magazine? Same humour, same name, weird coincidence!?
Posted: 14/05/2004 at 15:19

Has he got a dog that goes diving? If so it's the same Demi-God.
Posted: 14/05/2004 at 19:15


But the guy is so funny. I know he's at the back of the mag, but I always make a point of reading him last anyway, cos I know I'm in for a great laugh. Sometimes, He even mentions stuff about running! Bonus.
Posted: 15/05/2004 at 19:07

are there plans to publish the thoughts and musings of the great blackford in book form. Perhaps it could lead to a film, stardom, world domination, who knows.
Posted: 15/09/2004 at 13:04

Can only be if the dog gets a look in - he's the real star!
Posted: 15/09/2004 at 13:14

Oscar for El Presidente!
Posted: 15/09/2004 at 17:19

If memory serves me, Andy was also the (mad)man responsible for the 'Um Bongo' ad. ('Um bongo, Um Bongo, they drink it in the Congo...'
Posted: 16/09/2004 at 11:59

Blackford is indeed the bloke who writes in Diver, and the Um Bongo 'genius'.
Posted: 16/09/2004 at 14:54

And Oscar??
Posted: 16/09/2004 at 15:40

Maybe Oscar wrote the 'Kia-Ora' ad!
Posted: 16/09/2004 at 16:37

To orangy for crows, just for me and my Dawg!!
Posted: 16/09/2004 at 18:12

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