Tim Peake prepares to run London Marathon in space


With no hot bath to ease his post-race muscles the astronaut will make do with warm water and wipes, but says he’s feeling good ahead of Sunday’s marathon

You could call it an unfair advantage. As tens of thousands of runners start the London marathon on Sunday, another competitor will take up the race unencumbered by endless queues for portable toilets, moving at 17,500mph high above their heads.

But there is nothing unfair about Tim Peake’s marathon plans. The British astronaut who arrived at the International Space Station four months ago will run the 26.2 mile course on a treadmill in a cramped room that has no windows offering views on the blue-green world below. If he gets too hot, there is no fresh air to cool him, no water he can pour over his head.

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Tags: Space, Science, London, UK News, International Space Station, European Space Agency, London Marathon, Tim Peake

Source:  https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/20/tim-peake-prepares-to-run-london-marathon-in-space