How long before the sub 2 hours is beaten?

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record on 16th September by clocking a time of 2:01:39 in Berlin. The 33-year-old took nearly one minute 20 seconds off the previous best, which was set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto when he ran 2:02:57 in Berlin in 2014. Clearly Berlin is a fast course and is recommended if you want to set …

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I am not Bolt

I watched the “I am Bolt” programme on the TV yesterday. Really interesting showing many sides of the fastest man on the planet. A few things grabbed my attention. The first was that he has a strong team around him. Without that team I doubt that he would have become one of the very best athletes the World has ever …

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How can a downhill Marathon be one of the toughest in the world?

I was watching a programme on the BBC last week, “Mountain: Life at the Extreme”. It was another Beeb triumph with fantastic photography and polished informative narration and this edition focused on the Himalaya. The back end of the programme included some coverage of the Everest Marathon. 10 days to walk up the start at Everest Base Camp at 5200m …

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Classic Victoria Sponge by James Martin

Preparation time 30 minutes Cooking time 20 to 30 minutes Serves 6 to 8 normal folk, 4 runners! Equipment: 2 x 20com or 8” sandwich tins, greased and lined. Ingredients: Oil for greasing 200g/7oz butter 200g/7oz caster sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla essence 4 free-range eggs 200g/7oz self-raising flour, sifted ½ jar raspberry or strawberry jam 175ml/6fl oz double cream, whipped …

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The Sub 2 Hour Marathon

Well the Nike Team in Monza nearly made it finishing the attempt in 2 hours 23 seconds. That is really fast, an average pace of 4.36 minutes per mile, wow! The world record for the marathon has been slowly decreasing over the last 100 years and currently stands at 2:02:57 set by Dennis Kimetto at the Berlin Marathon in 2014. …

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