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John Dob­son (Western Prov­ince coach, on the race) “My guys (the WP Rugby squad) are fit and strong, but they would still strug­gle to run 42 kilo­me­tres. They’re just not built to be marathon run­ners. They’re bat­tle-hard­ened and men­tally tough, but would strug­gle over long dis­tances. It’s strange that the for­wards take to run­ning marathons, rather than the backs, who are bet­ter built for run­ning. I think the big guys know that their bod­ies will bal­loon once they stop rugby and take up run­ning to keep them­selves in shape! I won’t run this year, but will be out in sup­port. My wife won’t let me sleep in when there’s a marathon in town!” Tim Noakes: on which sport­ing dis­ci­plines will come to the fore in Sun­day’s marathon “I’d put my money on the soc­cer play­ers. Typ­i­cally they have lighter builds and are more ef­fi­cient for marathon run­ning. The rugby for­wards will get half way and start to won­der why they signed up for the run! They’ll learn new les­sons and will make it to the fin­ish - they’re tough-minded sports­men, but they’ll wish they were some­where else in the lat­ter stages of the race! It will be worse than play­ing the All Blacks, where they could stop af­ter 80 min­utes. On Sun­day the pain will con­tinue for more than four or five hours!”

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