Runner’s World ran Barefoot for Bruce Tulloh

To celebrate the life of the great Bruce Tulloh, coach, Olympian, author and European 500m champion, Runner’s World ran a barefoot 5K earlier this month.

Related: Running pioneer and bare foot advocate, Bruce Tulloh, dies aged 82 

Tulloh won his first national title in 1959, competed at the Rome Olympics in 1960 and became European 5000m champion in 1962, running barefoot. A huge advocate for barefoot running, Tulloh told Runner’s World in 2015: “Barefoot running just felt easier and more enjoyable on the beach and grass tracks where I trained.

“When I tried it at White City in 1959 at the Inter-Counties 3 miles, I ran a PB. Since then. I have always run barefoot where the conditions allow it – ie, not on the road. I feel it gives me a five-seconds-a-mile advantage – more, on some surfaces. The only disadvantage is when the surface is very hard or slippery.”

In Tulloh’s memory, members of the Runner’s World team, Bruce’s family, friends and fans ran a 5K loop around Hyde Park earlier this month. The sun shone down on the runners, many of whom tried running barefoot for the first time, as Bruce's young grandchildren led the pack. Friends, family and RW staff shared their memories of Tulloh and spoke about the lecagy he left behind.

Clive Tulloh, Bruce’s son, said: “Dad would have been very touched and excited to see his grandchildren running barefoot! He was a great runner and achieved many things, but above all he also knew that running is an amazing thing to do whatever your standard or pace – it’s good for the soul and that’s exactly what Friday’s run was.”

If you missed the event, why not take off your trainers and run 5K in Bruce’s’ memory wherever you are, using #barefootforbruce.