As 35,000+ runners from all over the world line up for the porta-potties for the 2016 London Marathon this Sunday, Tim Peake will be harnessing himself to his treadmill in the International Space Station in preparation to join them for the 26.2 mile course, which finishes close to Buckingham Palace. To motivate him on his run, the Run Social app on Tim’s ipad will enable him to see the streets of London slip by, including all the iconic sights on the course – the Tower of London, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben – with the sound effects of the roaring spectators.
Tim finished the London marathon in 1999 in 3 hrs 18 mins, but hopes to finish this year in 3.5 to 4 hours. After four months in orbit, he may have lost some muscle fitness, and zero gravity running does have its challenges.
After the race, no hot bath to soothe the sore muscles for Tim! He’ll have to make do with warm water and wet wipes.