Racing takes place in many guises and with all kinds of drama. As the F1 season gets under way in Australia, London plays host to a few more sedate contests in the form of two boat races and a 26 mile mass stagger…sorry, run around parts of the Thames Path. The university boat race involves precision, power and timing while the Tall Ships event relies on the wind, which shouldn’t be a problem in April. The London Marathon, apart from the professionals, is largely a blood and guts affair, where determination and pride push protesting bodies round the Docklands Peninsula for five hours – then it’s back to chocolate biscuits in front of the telly for the rest of the year. At least those calories have been earned the hard way.
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