Sir Mo Farah, Great Britain’s most successful distance runner, will return to the track later this year for the first time since 2017 – in a bid to break the men’s one-hour record. Farah’s attempt will take place at a track meet in Brussels on September 4.
The record of 21.285km, which is held by the Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie, has stood for 13 years.
In the women’s race, Ababel Yeshaneh and Birhane Dibaba, also from Ethiopia, will go for the women’s record, 18.517km, which was set by their compatriot Dire Tune in 2008.
The format of the one-hour run is simple: athletes try to cover as much distance as possible within the allotted time.
Farah’s half-marathon PB of 59:32 is almost exactly the same as the current one-hour record. Were he to run the same splits, he’d have 28 seconds to run the final 187.6 metres.
The one-hour challenge isn’t just the realm of elites such as Farah and Gebrselassie. It can easily be tailored to runners of all abilities. Below are three one-hour challenges you can try yourself.
Beginner: run continuously for an hour
It’s a great milestone for any relatively new runner and puts you in good stead to step up to 10Ks and half marathons.
Intermediate: half the record pace
Divide the current one-hour record in half (21.285km divided by 2) and you have 10.642km. Try to run further than this in 60 minutes.
Advanced: GFA pace for an hour
If you were hoping to run a GFA (good for age) time in a spring marathon this year, use your hard-earned training to attempt to run your planned pace for an hour.
Like this article? Sign up to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered straight to your inbox.
You Might Also Like