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The Marathon Machine

Eliud Kipchoge has become the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours, beating the mark by 20 seconds. The Kenyan born runner ran the 26.2 miles  in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria on Saturday. Sadly the time will not be counted as the official Marathon World Record due to it not being in open competition and he used a team of pacemakers.

When the Kenyan crossed the line he didn’t even look out of breath, and looked like he could run another 26.2 miles. An absolutely amazing accomplishment from this unbelievable human.

Eliud said after the race, “I’m feeling good. After Roger Bannister made history, it took me another 65 years. I’ve tried but I’ve done it. This shows the positivity of sport. I want to make it a clean and interesting sport. Together when we run, we can make it a beautiful world.”

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Banana Chat – meet William Marler

I’m an award-winning animator, keen runner, and Cystic Fibrosis patient living in Birmingham, England. I’m very lucky for my CF to not stop me doing what I want, such as: running the London Marathon, making Pep Mask – a Cystic Fibrosis film that’s been screened worldwide, and speaking to a number of audiences about my life and work

What is your favourite joke?
Velcro… what a rip off!

What makes you smile?
My fiancée

What is your favourite good news story?
The world banana stock is clearly high enough for people to use them in novelty photographs.

What inspires you?
My family and people with CF who don’t let their situations stop them fighting, like Elle Morris.

Elle was a girl with CF who passed away in January 2018 and became well-known beforehand for her lung transplant wait. Whilst she was waiting for a transplant, her family made her ‘wishes’ come true, which were shared online along with her journey. After receiving a transplant near the start of 2017, she unfortunately slowly declined and passed, but she was known for her resilience and positive outlook, despite her situation.

The Elle’s Wishes facebook page is still active as a way to remember her and continue inspiring other people with CF, and you can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/elleswishes/

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Prejudice and intolerance to minority groups.

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
Flying would definitely cut down on travel costs.

What is your favourite food?
Pasta

What is your favourite drink?
Pepsi

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
Probably a book… that’s not luxurious though is it?

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
All paparazzi photos had to include a banana in front of the person’s face.

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
I did the London Marathon in 2015. I’ve never once mentioned it. Keep it to yourself…

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run. (If, Rudyard Kipling).

What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
I host a podcast called Straight from the Lungs which aims to share real stories from real people affected by cystic fibrosis. All episodes can be found at www.lungspodcast.co.uk with more coming soon!

Who is your favourite music artist?
Michael Jackson or Laura Marling

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
My fiancée.

PJ’s or Not?

Hot or cold? Cold

Cat or dog? Dog

Blue or pink? Blue

Tea or coffee? Neither

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Neither is possible, whatever part of the glass without liquid is still occupied by air.

Pyjamas or not? Pyjamas

Night out or night in? Night in

Pizza or pasta? Can I choose both?

Biscuits or cake? Biscuits

Wine or beer? Neither (boring!)

Football or rugby? Neither (sorry, very boring!)

Cinema or theatre? Cinema

Gym or TV? TV

Naughty or nice? Nice

Silver or gold? Gold

Tent or hotel? Hotel

Bath or shower? Shower

Starter or pudding? Starter

Sheets or duvet? Duvet, and if anyone says sheets, they’re wrong.

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Neither (seriously this is getting out of hand!)

Finally, apple or banana?  Apple.

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