London 2012 marathon chief quits in frustration

London 2012 marathon chief quits in frustration

Published Apr. 4, 2011 12:58 p.m. ET

The organizer of the 2012 Olympic marathon has resigned after a falling out with London Games officials.

David Bedford, who is also race director of the London Marathon, has left his role assisting the Olympic organizing committee - or LOCOG - less than 16 months before the start of the games.

London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel tells The Associated Press that Bedford ''took the decision in light of his frustrations about LOCOG's approach to event management.''

Bitel says that other London Marathon officials are ''continuing to work with LOCOG in a close and harmonious manner.''


LOCOG says the dispute ''hasn't affected the strong working relationship'' with London Marathon, which is contracted to run the Olympic event.