04 October 2020 02:42
Kipchoge, right, will be running his first marathon since Vienna Sitting in his study in Oxford, the late Sir Roger Bannister was talking barriers. "Does it sound impossible?" he asked. He had just stated that somebody would run a marathon in under two hours by the 2016 Olympics. He was not far out. Eliud Kipchoge, who won the gold in Rio, was that man and hailed Bannister as an inspiration in the aftermath of last year's landmark run in Vienna.
The Kenyan's time of 1hr 59min and 40sec did not count as an official record owing to drop-in, arrow-head pacemaking teams and lack of competition, but it was still mind-boggling. Bannister made history by running a mile in 3min 59.4 sec. Sixty-five years on Kipchoge did more than 26 at 4:34 pace. Today's Virgin Money Prince Harry sent a special message to those taking part in the London Marathon. Around 45,000 will join the marathon in their "own way" in their "own communities" on Sunday.
The London Marathon, in which the Duke of Sussex is patron, posted the message from Harry on their Instagram. "This year sadly it's not possible for everybody to run together on the streets of London in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon," Harry said in the video. RELATED: Prince George, Princess Charlotte & Prince Louis Question Sir David Attenborough In Adorable Video "Instead, 45, 000 runners from across the UK, and 109 countries around the world, will run the 40th race in their own way, taking on the 26.2 miles, in their own communities," he continued. "Thanks to all of you, the extraordinary spirit of the London Marathon will continue to shine across the globe." "While we won't be together in person, we are together in spirit. And the amazing tenacity of runners from around the world is a reminder of our strength and sense of community during these difficult times," Harry added. RELATED: Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Call For An End To 'Structural Racism' In Rare Joint Interview The father of one thanked everyone for doing their part "to support so many charities." "You are providing a lifeline. So please remember that when you cross the line wherever in the world that may be. Have a great Sunday, We'll all be cheering you on, good luck." Prince Harry has been patron since 2011 and has attended every year except 2014. He even snuck in a surprise visit last year as it was unclear if he would be able to go with the imminent birth of his son, Archie.