Is anyone else following the attempt to beat the 2 hour marathon barrier tomorrow at Monza?
I for one find it very exciting and don't give a hoot for all the bleatings about Nike and publicity stunt and pacers etc etc. If they succeed it will be an astonishing feat of human performance, and lest we forget, Roger Bannister used pacers for his 4 minute mile.
Just to put it into perspective, we often tak about the 30 minute 5k here, To do a sub 2 hr marathin they will be doing twice that speed. 5k every 15 minutes for 2 hours. I don't actually know anyone who can run a 15 minute 5k (although our very own Absent Owl apparently did it in 16 in W4 so perhaps s/he has a future as a record breaker), let alone sustain that sort of pace.
It is going to be live streamed on the Runners world website and I shal be watching with avid interest.