They say “we are born runners”. Well… can you please ask a runner immediately after a race how much of the running is left in them? The answers may vary depending on that race’s performance. But one thing you will hear runners checking post race is “Have you BQed?”
The 41st edition of the London Marathon is set to be held on 3 October 2021, i.e. less than a day from now. The annual marathon held usually in April was delayed due to the covid restrictions. After a limited elite only event in 2020, the 2021 edition will see 50,000 runners at the start line, making it the largest marathon since the Covid-19 pandemic broke early last year. Another 50,000+ runners will race it virtually, hence making it the largest of its kind.
2021 AFLI New Delhi Marathon lived upto its reputation being the fastest. Being an olympic qualifier and AIMS approved, 2021 event hailed as the best organized race by all participants;
kudos to NEB sports. The event saw 72% of participants finishing under 4 hours. Surely, a new high for amateur running in India.
What I did differently this time around:
SPCM 2021 was held at the super-fast Madras Motor Race Track. The race was held in a loop of about 3.7km with categories of marathon, 20-miler, half-marathon and 10k. Here are some interesting stats from the race.