Former Nike Employee Andy Caine To Recruit Athletes for Britain's Great Run Races By David Monti (c) 2007 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved December 14, 2007
International, which produces Britain's Great Run series of road races,
has tapped Andy Caine to be their elite race manager following the
departure of Matt Turnbull. Caine, a Scotsman, will recruit all
professional athletes for events like the BUPA Great North Run, BUPA
Great Manchester 10-K, and BUPA Great Capital Run.
"It really is
a dream job as far as any career goes in my opinion," Caine wrote in an
e-mail message. "It will also be a tough one. I've got some big boots
to fill, but I'd like to think my past 12 years competing and my time
at Nike will give me the skills required to make a big impact."
30 year-old Caine has a degree from Loughborough University, and spent
four and one-half years at Nike U.K., working his way up to national
account manager for footwear. As an athlete, he represented Britain at
the junior, U23 and senior levels, making his last national team
appearance at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2004. He
competed for the Tynedale AC.
The Great Run series has managed
to tie together great elite competition with a festive running
experience for the masses, and Caine feels that he will fit right in.
"I'm an entertainer at the end of the day," he wrote. "I need to keep
everyone happy, the crowds, the TV audiences and of course the sponsors
(and let's not forget the athletes and agents)."