Dr Hutch: The error of going running instead of cycling

Dr Hutch swaps saddle for trainers, and pounds the pavement to remind himself why he loathes running

I've got a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon next April. I did the race once before, in the mid-1990s, when I was in my 20s and the event was sponsored by NutraSweet, both of which circumstances seem rather old-fashioned and quaint now.

The horror has only just faded enough for me to contemplate repeating it — my most vivid memory from that run is from 800m before the finish, where a spectator shouted, “Nearly there!” I almost wept at the eternity of another four minutes.

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