We’d all like to turn the clock back and pushed on and become one of The Marathon Men.
But that’s enough about my love life.
The Marathon is the closest Olympic discipline to my own athletic talents.
Having pounded the streets of the UK as a promising road runner in my youth.
Running through my head
I could more than relate to how the commentators were calling the race.
And perhaps weigh in with my own contributions based on having covered the original Marathon course in Greece.
And my Olympic efforts.
I’ll keep how much of it to myself.
It is still though to see the signposts for Marathon in Athens.
And the stadium for the first Modern Olympics bang centre in the downtown capital.
Which brings me to a gripe about the Games becoming overmodernised.
With the imperious Eliud Kipchoge taking the finishing line on a non-descript street in Tokyo.
Instead of the traditional finish inside the stadium.
Tracking Marathon’s history
And we can blame the English for that having ditched the 385 yards around the running track in 2012.
True, it means that the public, rather than corporate get to see the runners break the tape.
Although I suspect that the bigwigs have probably nabbed that vantage point too.
But while World Marathon holder Paula Radcliffe regaled us with the importance of history to the Marathon…
Stadium is perfect stage
The entry to the stadium is one now denied us.
And today’s runners won’t get to sample the outpouring of emotion, congratulations and scattering of laurels at your feet.
Which the third leg in the winning Scottish Schools Road Relay champions of 1982 in Grangemouth Sports Stadium got to enjoy.
The Marathon Men are coming.