STEVE SMYTHE

Sub-3 marathoner in five decades

Runner's World (UK) - - HUMAN RACE -

In Fe­bru­ary, Steve Smythe clocked 2:56:16 at the Seville Marathon. It was an im­pres­sive time for any run­ner, but for Steve, 59, it marked some­thing spe­cial. ‘It makes me the first run­ner in the world to achieve a 40-year span be­tween my first [2:54:42 in 1976] and last sub-3 times,’ says the ath­let­ics writer and coach. Steve has ex­tended the pre­vi­ous record by 119 days. ‘I was pleased to get the record be­cause I’ve strug­gled with injuries for the past five years,’ he says. ‘ But I lost some weight, did more strength work and less racing.’ Only 37 run­ners world­wide have run sub-3 in five dif­fer­ent decades, and no one has done six – yet. ‘I think I may be able to do that in 2020,’ says Steve.

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