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IN SEARCH OF SUB-3

ARBITRAY AS IT IS, THE SUB-3 MARATHON RETAINS A MAGIC APPEAL. BUT HOW HARD IS IT? DAVID SMYTH INVESTIGATES.
A wall of noise greets runners during last year’s London Marathon

“HAVING A ‘2’ IN FRONT OF YOUR MARATHON PB WOULD FEEL LIKE A PROMOTION TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE, PUTTING YOU, HOWEVER TENUOUSLY, IN THE SAME CLASS AS WORLD RECORD HOLDER DENNIS KIMETTO”

Telling everybody you know that you’re planning to run a marathon in less than three hours – or any landmark time, for that matter – is a bit like telling everyone you’re writing a novel: they’ll keep asking you about it every time they see you and it will be embarrassingly obvious that you haven’t done it. But a pointless running goal shared is a pointless running goal halved, right? So here I am, in print, telling an even wider audience that I’m aiming to run the 2016 London Marathon in 2:59:59 at least. Anything with a ‘3’ in front of it will be absolutely devastating.

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