Running fuel: a brief history
Famous Greek wrestler Milo of Croton wins his fifth successive Olympics on a daily diet of 9kg meat, 9kg bread and 18 pints of wine (goes the legend). 1908
Alcohol is used at the Olympic Games as a performance enhancer, with one German 100km walker allegedly drinking 22 beers and half a bottle of wine during his race. 1927
Newcastle pharmacist William Walker Hunter invents Glucozade, a high sugar drink to help the ill recover their energy – now known as Lucozade. 1953
Kendal Mint Cake is used on the first ascent of Mount Everest. 1960s Pillsbury Company invents Space Food Sticks for NASA – the original energy bar lasts for months without refrigeration. 1965
Gatorade (Gator-Aid) is developed for the University of Florida Gators sports teams to replenish water, carbs and electrolytes lost through sweat. 1970
Marathoner Ron Hill uses carb-depletion then carb-loading prior to events in an effort to increase his body’s ability to store the muscular fuel glycogen after a fast.