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Brian Smith – Marathon Man!


Former British pro champion and team-mate of Lance – that’s Brian Smith? Apparently he’s a dad now, and has been spotted running marathons in the states? – we needed to find out more!

Congratulations, I believe you’re a dad now, Brian?

“Yeah, Ethan is eight months now, it’s cool being a dad, I’m enjoying the experience. He had me up three times last night though — that’s not handy, especially if you’re training for a marathon!”

The New York marathon — how did it go?

“I was disappointed with my time; I did 4-43, but I had it in my head that I wanted to beat 4-30. I only started to prepare for it three months before, so I can’t be too disappointed. Pete Slater of Science in Sport was pace making and after about five miles he came round our group and asked us how we felt, everybody said, “fine,” but I knew we were going a bit faster than I expected, he told me it was around 4-15 pace.

“With my cycling experience, I was worried that we’d pay for that later, and that’s how it turned out for most of us. There are two million people out watching though, so it’s very easy to get carried away with the atmosphere of the whole thing.”