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I’ve always been fascinated by athletes. The strength, determination and perseverance that are required to be a good athlete are just magnificent. And I have a special affinity for marathon runners.
I ran my first and last marathon (The London Marathon) almost ten years ago and I know all too well what it takes to complete one. That’s why when a group of runners decided to take on this Marathon challenge, the most difficult marathon, in fact – the Athens Classic Marathon – I jumped to the opportunity talking to them.
What goes on in the mind of a marathon runner? How do you train for an event of this size? How does it feel when you ‘hit the wall’? And most importantly, what do you need to eat to be ready?
Join me as I interview two fascinating marathon runners, Sager Alkhalifa and Dunya Elias (seen in photo above – front row sitting from left), who took on the challenge of emulating Pheidippides’ 26-mile run from the town of Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over Persia exactly 2500 years ago.
Sager Alkhalifa (from Bahrain) and Dunya Elias (from Saudi Arabia) ran the 2010 Athens Classic Marathon in Greece just 3 weeks ago.
Sager is a 30-year-old father of three; he ran in the <35 category and his race time was an impressive 4:12:30.
Dunya is a 40-year-old mother of two, and she ran in the female 40-45 category and her fantastic race time was 4:09:44.
They both did a fantastic job and made their families and countries very proud.