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Did James Cracknell run the perfect marathon?!

Among the 35,000 runners at the London Marathon today, did Olympic Rowing legend James Cracknell produce one of the 'best' runs of the day?

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Now THAT is how you pace a marathon….nice work James Cracknell

James Cracknell got two Olympic Gold medals in rowing and has won the Rowing World Championships six times.

At one point was the highest British finisher ever in the Marathon Des Sables and has a history of endurance challenges and achievements to rival almost anyone. He’s also battled back from the brink of death.

James Cracknell is also pretty good at triathlon (and especially cycling), with a sub two hour Olympic distance finish on his C.V. – and even a couple of G.B. Age-Group starts. Clearly, not a man who has retired to the pipe and slippers brigade, telling tales of past successes (which he’d have earned the right to do…!).

Now, his build would suggest that he’s not a natural marathon runner. His style – can I use that word? – of running suggests that his body truly does not want to run. Honestly, watch the last few 100m of him finish the London Marathon – without knowing how fast he’s covering the ground – and tell me you think that is a ‘fast’ runner. It is far from fluid movement. It is painful viewing. To be brutal, he looks bloody awful. And that is putting the positive spin on it.

But, he’s got a mind, physical capacity and drive which suggests that he is able to totally ignore that and feel no pain. Want someone to run walls for you? Give James a call.

James Cracknell - London Marathon 2017

Yet again, James Cracknell broke his marathon PB today, running 2:43:12. Impressive, very – but check out how he did it above. That is pretty close to flawless pacing. You need to get fit – but you need to execute that fitness on race day – and that is about as good as it gets. Respect to you James.

Ironically, he said he started hoping to break 2:50 and this wasn’t planned at all…!

James Cracknell - London Marathon 2017

James Cracknell - London Marathon 2017
Nobody said it would be easy…!
John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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