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SWEDE DISPOSTION

ISAAC WILLIAMS JOINS 60,000 RUNNERS FOR THE GOTHENBURG HALF MARATHON – THE ‘WORLD’S LARGEST’ – AND ASKS, IS ITS POPULARITY JUSTIFIED
Photography Göteborgsvarvet, Glen Unger / Magnus Rönnkvist

And on your left you’ll see the space museum,” says my friendly but very talkative taxi driver. “I remember when it was on the other side of the road; Sweden only started driving on the right in 1967…” Having been up since 4:30am, I begin to accept lost sleep isn’t going to be found on this particular journey.

Drifting into a state of semiconsciousness, I nod and chuckle and respond with the occasional, “Is that so?” But my mind is elsewhere. Having recently read about the power of prerun visualisation, I’m already battling for victory in the largest half marathon on the planet. Rapturous crowds of painfully cool Swedes – all pristine Nike trainers and windswept hair – are cheering my name. The finish line’s in sight and, effortlessly picking up the pace, I cruise into first place – to the delight of the race commentator who, raising his megaphone, exclaims, “Your hotel, sir.” Dazed – but encouraged by my strong fictional finish – I pick up my bag and check-in.

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