Saturday, 12 October 2019
Life on hold.
Everything stopped this morning - I sat in my dressing gown, I had quick rounds of toast so that I could sit down quickly with my toast and coffee, and all because of Eliud Kipchoge - the fantastic Kenyan who this morning ran the marathon in Vienna in just under two hours (1.59.40). If you go to Gwil's site you will see that as it was in Vienna he was able to be there and to witness it. Kipchoge didn't even look tired at the end of the race. It was good to be able to witness it - not as good as being there but the next best thing.
Posted by The Weaver of Grass at 08:54
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I understand that it won't be recognised as a new time though, because perfect and to a degree, artificial conditions, were created for him.
How very exciting ! off to read Gwil's post
I heard and saw it on the news - amazing - even if not officially recognised. I just sat there thinking .....How on earth?
Oh my gracious!!!!!! Your Subject Line worried me. And your first words, scared me. Oh mercy!
I thought something was terribly wrong with you!
-exhale- It's not that! It's just some happening, shown on tv.
It had to be done.
One of those rare times when I wished I had a TV; it didn't make for riveting radio as all they could say was "He's still going and is inside the target time". An astonishing feat even if not recognised by the IAAF.
We were out this morning, so missed it, but saw the vital bit in the news. What an amazing athlete.
My OH was quite excited about it. His best ever marathon time was 3 hours 20 minutes (many years ago!) so he was in awe of that achievement.
Makes my 5 hours 12 seem rather pathetic, he could crawl faster!
It was an incredible feat !
It is very significant.
An amazing feat no matter what the circumstances were. I was a bit alarmed by your opening phrase!
Weren't he and his accomplishment wonderful. Hard earned.
We caught the last few hundred yards, just by chance. Another milestone reached. I also remember Roger Bannister's achievement.
He was interviewed on Breakfast TV this morning (Sunday) - very quiet and unassuming guy - as they usually are I find.
Thanks for responding. Have a pleasant Sunday.
I seem to recall that Roger Bannister's record was achieved on an ordinary track, in ordinary conditions and without all the special preparations that this latest guy had, such as specially made £250 Nike trainers.
It was great to be there. I wish I'd seen your Breakfast TV programme. I'm passionate about running although I was older than Eliud is now when I started having given up smoking. Actually, I won a race myself today, in M70 category if that means anything to anybody. There aren't too many challengers. Today there was only one other! The most I've run against is 29, but I didn't win that one. I only managed 3rd.
So two big wins in one weekend Eliud and Gwil. Can't be bad can it, Pat?
Well done Gwil!!!
True Derek but still a great achievement.
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