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Politicos making the running

18 October, 2019 — By The Xtra Diary

HISTORY was made at the weekend when a defiant runner completed a dauntingly long course in less than two hours.

But you’ll have read enough about how Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to crack a marathon in less than two hours.

Instead Diary thinks readers will be more interested in Westminster councillor Jonathan Glanz’s clock-stopping feat in Hyde Park on Sunday.

Amid the October rain, he raced his way through the Royal Parks Half Marathon to reach the finish line with a time 24 seconds under two hours. In fact he was so fast through the course, Diary missed out on getting a photo of Mr Glanz, a Tory councillor in Soho, in his yellow runner’s vest.

He was running in aid of the G-A-Y Foundation.

Further down the course, another politico was making his way to the finish line.

Christian Wolmar, pictured here, may have been combating the lonelinesss of the long distance runner by thinking about how he intends to win the Labour selection contest in Two Cities, now that Steven Saxby has stepped down as the party’s candidate.

Mr Wolmar was using his sponsorship to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research and clocked a time of 2 hours and 28 minutes. Not so bad for a 70-year-old. But will he be in first place when Labour members decided who should stand here at the next general election?


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