Budd competing without shoes, 1984
26 May 1966 |
Bloemfontein, South Africa
|Height||164 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||48 kg (106 lb)|
|Club||Aldershot, Farnham & District AC|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||800 m â€“ 2:00.9 (1984)
1500 m â€“ 3:59.96 (1985)
Mile â€“ 4:17.57 (1985)
3000 m â€“ 8:28.83 (1985)
5000 m â€“ 14:48.07 (1985)
10,000 m â€“ 37:31.50 (2003)
Coming from a farming background, I saw nothing out of the ordinary in running barefoot, although it seemed to startle the rest of the athletics world. I have always enjoyed going barefoot and when I was growing up I seldom wore shoes, even when I went into town.
I have strong views about South African politics and I still don't feel I need to make public statements.
I can drink tea until the cows come home and I love the atmosphere in tea-shops.
I found them uncomfortable and after that I decided to continue running barefoot because I found it more comfortable. I felt more in touch with what was happening – I could actually feel the track.
Looking back… it's hard to understand what all the fuss was about as things changed in just a few years. When you look at all the things that have happened in the world, it seems very small.