Ep 40: Chris Finill, the World Record Holder of Maximum Consecutive Sub3 Hours Marathons in the Same World Major Marathon Event, Talks About Getting Faster and Longevity
Chris Finill is a British Marathon runner known for running every edition of the London Marathon right from 1981. In this episode, Chris talks about his running journey, the longevity, and getting faster with our host Vikas Singh.
00:00 – About this episode
03:10 – Welcoming Chris to the show!
03:18 – How did Chris start running? – early childhood, running in the streets of Harrow
10:24 – Moving from track to marathons – training, mileage, nutrition and more
16:08 – Sustaining 41 years and more to come in the London Marathon
18:50 – The evolution of the London Marathon over years
23:33 – Chris’ choice of shoes
25:17 – How should a beginner train sustainably for the long term?
27:35 – The change in training with growing age
29:15 – The 2018 incident – completing a sub 4 hours Marathon with a broken arm!
32:47 – What is the importance of family support in a marathoner’s life?
34:32 – How to attend the very first Marathon? – First half vs Second half; Mistakes to avoid
38:29 – Chris and Vikas talk about Indian star Neeraj Chopra and the future of athletics in India
Sixty-two-year-old Chris Finill is the youngest of the ten runners who have run all the editions of the London Marathon. Chris holds various records to his name, the most famous being a World Record for running the Marathon in sub 3 hours for 33 consecutive times. In 2018, Chris flipped and broke his arm in the 3rd mile but continued to finish the Marathon at a time of 3:56. Apart from marathons, Chris has also represented England 14 times in 100k races. Currently, Chris is one of the 7 London Marathon Ever Presents.
About Vikas Singh:
Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale and Reliance before coming up with an idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and helping beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
For more information on Vikas, or to leave any feedback and requests, you can reach out to him via the channels below:
LinkedIn: Vikas Singh
About the Podcast: Run with Fitpage
This podcast series is built with a focus on bringing science and research from the endurance sports industry. These may help you learn and implement these in your training, recovery, and nutrition journey. We invite coaches, exercise scientists, researchers, nutritionists, doctors, and inspiring athletes to come and share their knowledge and stories with us. So, whether you’re just getting started with running or want to get better at it, this podcast is for you!
This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.