It’s not much fun being restricted to one outing for exercise per day and with the race calendar now ravaged due to coronavirus, it promises to be a long, quiet summer. Not helped by the unavoidable postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until next year.
These are certainly strange times we live in. Coronavirus has turned the world upside down, shook it up and twisted it round, impacting on all our lives. The act of running is utterly trivial in the bigger picture of a pandemic.
Let me start by saying that 99.9% of my experiences at running events have been nothing but brilliant. From grass roots club events through to the slick, shiny machine that is London Marathon, the UK has some incredible running events of all sizes on all surfaces, organised by some fantastic people.
In late 2018, Salomon mountain sports athlete Kilian Jornet embarked on a frenetic world media tour that touched down in Asia, the United States and multiple cities in Europe, with cameras following him every step of the way.
London Marathon race organisers have done it again. This year’s match-up between Kenyan trailblazer Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele has all the ingredients to make London 2020 the greatest marathon of all time.
Since the turn of the year, I have found my interest drawn back to the world of fell running. Of course, the catalyst for this has been Richard Askwith’s remarkable Feet in the Clouds, the definitive read for the sport.
Stockholm with 17,000 entrants might not be the biggest of international marathons but it ranks right up there with the best of them. The late May date means the city is enjoying 20 hours of daylight so huge Nordic skies combine with Stockholm's dramatic archipelago setting to create a very special running occasion.
After a year that saw the emphatic pushing of the reset button for marathon running, what will 2020 bring? It’s an Olympic year and running events will feature strongly as the blue riband occasions of the Tokyo Games.