Randal Markey is a Tasmania running legend, having held the Tasmanian 1500m record for a number of years, which has only been broken in the last decade. He was a Commonwealth Games representative in Christchurch in 1974 and was only 18 years of age when he was selected in this team.
In 1974 he won the National 1500m title and joined only a select few Tasmanian’s who have won a national title in Athletics. He made the move to America on a scholarship at the University of Oregon and studied there for 3 years and in the process ran for the track team and picked up a degree in Political Science.
We talk about him meeting USA running legend Steve Prefontaine and what his relationship was like with coaches Bill Dellinger and Max Cherry, what injuries he has sustained and some of the famous runners he has competed against in the 1970s.
Randal has had a remarkable professional career as a journalist, including roles as a manager of Public Affairs and a Media Advisor for the Health Minster and worked for the Western Australian Newspaper in the press gallery during the Hawk and Keating terms.
If you’re a running geek this is the podcast for you 😊