Bernie was born in Woking Surrey in 1952. In the 1970 and 1980 he was one of the UK leading endurance runners a regular in the GB team as well as the AFD team. He as placed 8th in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal in a time of 28min 17.78. In 1979 he ran 2hours 10.51 for the Marathon and was reselected for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He DNF in the Olympics due to heat exhaustion, one of the rare time Bernie did not finish a race.