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Digital Subscriptions > Learn Hot English > 196 > QUIRKY NEWS, CORNY CRIMINALS & RIDDLES: quirky news


Unusual news stories from around the world.

TRACKS 12-14

Running into Trouble

Man gets accused after marathon race.

The marathon is 42 kilometres* long and one of the hardest races in the world. The original marathon runner was a Greek soldier called Pheidippides. He ran the full distance in order to give an up-date on the Battle of Marathon. But after delivering his message, he collapsed and died.

These days, many cities around the world hold marathon races. The average age of most competitors is about 38, and the average time is about 4 hours and 40 minutes. So, when 69-year-old Anthony Gaskell completed the London marathon in record time (about 3 hours), many were amazed at his powers of endurance. Offcials planned to present him with a plaque for running the fastest-ever time by a pensioner. But it later emerged that Gaskell had taken a shortcut during the race, climbing over a barrier where the course doubles back on itself. This meant he had cut about 16 kilometres off the total distance!

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