The ballot for the London Marathon has just been drawn and so many people in the country and beyond will be embarking upon a long winter long training plan to prepare them for running the gruelling 26.22 miles in April next year. And what better inspiration than remembering our home grown Bedford girl Paula Radcliffe storming to the finish line of the London Marathon in 2003, in a world record breaking time of 2 hours and 15 minutes 25 seconds.
However whilst people have been receiving their marathon packs the news broke that the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) have changed the rules associated with World Records, which means Paula Radcliffe’s Marathon World Record will no longer be valid. There is now a Facebook page dedicated to the cause and most people seem to be very passionate about persuading the IAAF to reinstate Paula’s record.
People have always been very passionate about sport in general, as human beings we are competitive by nature and maybe joining a particular team or side encourages our competitive spirit and helps us to feel a part of sporting family. It’s the same with Football and Rugby, i’ve always been surprised by how passionate football fans become about their chosen team, it is almost as if the team is in their blood.
It’s a great time of year for sport there are lots of races to enter if you’re into athletics, plus the Rugby World Cup is still in full swing, so enjoy getting involved and make the most of the weather before the winter months are upon us!