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THE PACE IS RIGHT

Hard yards (l to r): Lindsay Roberston, Fraser Clyne and Lawrie Spence do battle in the 1985 London Marathon
Graham MacIndoe

Bang! The marathon’s underway, adrenaline squirts into the bloodstream, and there’s a natural inclination to go haring off. But when the adrenaline rush has subsided after, say, 385 yards, there’s another 26 miles to go – and that’s a long way if you’ve gone off too fast.

Whether you’re trying to win a marathon or merely finish one, pacing is an important element to bear in mind, a topic recently examined by Dr Wod Erdmann and Pati Lipinska, of the J. Sniadecki University School of Physical Education and Sport, Gdansk.

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