Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

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In The Record Books

by Russell Turner - 19:47 on 31 January 2021

It’s official – I’m a record holder. Guinness World Records has confirmed that last year’s Virtual London Marathon had the most participants (37,966) “to run a remote marathon in 24 hours” and that everyone who took part is now a title holder, as an email yesterday from VLM HQ informed me.

To prove it, we can apply for an official GWR Certificate of Participation to hang on our walls alongside our medals. The only catch is that they cost £20 each, plus P&P. I think I’ll pass.

Anyway, the record should be broken in October when up to 50,000 people take part in London’s next virtual marathon. I can enter a week on Monday – the day I expect to receive my next communication, informing me that my ballot entry for the real thing has been unsuccessful.

Today saw the first run of the final week of training for my 10k PB effort. There’s little chance of me succeeding but I’ll carry on regardless. You never know. Conditions today were a balmy -2ºC, which sounds awful, but the sun shone, there was no wind to speak of, and the roads were mostly free of ice. The run was good and I barely felt the cold. Matchgirl, who was out today too, was less enamoured and definitely did feel it, although that’s no surprise as she needs a comfort blanket just to sit on the sofa.

Today I also passed 1,000 miles for the month. My perseverance should be rewarded when milder weather allows me to speed up through air that’s soft rather than dense. There may not be a PB next week but a few more records should tumble this year. Legs and Running Gods permitting.

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