INEOS, the company behind marathon world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge’s next sub-two-hour marathon attempt in fall 2019, has released part one of a documentary on the project, entitled, “From London to Eldoret.”
Kipchoge famously ran 2:01:39 to break Dennis Kimetto’s marathon world record at the Berlin Marathon last September. In April 2019 Kipchoge won the London Marathon for a record fourth time in 2:02:37, the second-fastest time in history (not counting his Breaking2 time, which was 2:00:25). After London, Kipchoge returned to his family’s farm in Kenya, where he goes between racing seasons to rest and recuperate. We see him relaxing with his animals, which include a cow named Cheryl that was given to him as a gift after he won the London Marathon.
We see Kipchoge participating in a step class and receiving physiotherapy treatments. We also meet his three children, who are 12, eight and five, and his wife, Grace, who describes him as a caring and loving father. When he is at his training camp, he is home only on weekends, but speaks to each of the children every evening.
After a marathon, Kipchoge says he runs slowly for four days, then takes three weeks of complete rest before resuming training.
The INEOS 1:59 Challenge was announced on May 6, the 65th anniversary of Roger Bannister‘s four-minute mile. A specific date for the challenge has not yet been set.