After missing out on London 2012 and seeing his world record come under threat in Berlin, Patrick Makau is looking ahead to his next marathon
So strong was the Kenyan Olympic marathon team for the London 2012 Games, they were able to justify leaving behind current world record-holder Patrick Makau.
But for all the debate and discussion surrounding the selection of their marathon team, in the end Kenya missed out on gold as Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich produced a surprise victory to comfortably beat Kenyan duo Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang.
Makau was unfortunate to be suffering an injury at the time of this year’s Virgin London Marathon, which effectively acted as a trial race for Kenyan runners. Makau failed to finish as Kipsang won by more than two minutes.
In his last marathon before that, Makau had smashed the world record with his 2:03:38 in Berlin. That mark came under threat in this year’s edition of the race in the German capital as Geoffrey Mutai won in 2:04:15, one second ahead of marathon deubtant Dennis Kimetto.
Since his London DNF, Makau has been in indifferent form. He finished fifth over 10km at the Bupa Great Manchester Run, but a third-place finish at the Brabants Dagblad Ten Miles in Tilburg with a PB of 45:41 showed promise. He followed that though by finishing 10th over 10km in Prague, outside 30 minutes.
With the incredible depth of the event increasing every year, Makau knows that his record could be broken at any point. But later this month he will take to the line at the Frankfurt Marathon, determined to show that he is still the world’s top marathoner.
“I followed the Olympic marathon on TV, but I cannot comment on the race – I can only speak for myself,” said Makau. “My training went well and having seen the Berlin race this has motivated me for Frankfurt.”
Before that though, Makau’s world record will once again come under fire but not in a normal marathon. Youngsters from more than 40 countries will take part in the World Marathon Challenge on October 16.
Taking place on World Food Day, more than 20,000 children from 500 schools internationally will compete in multiple locations for the Save the Children charity, running as part of a relay in an attempt to better Makau’s time of 2:03:38.
Paula Radcliffe and Christine Ohuruogu are among the athletes supporting the event, while the likes of Robbie Grabarz and Jo Pavey have retweeted messages of support on Twitter.
“I’ve seen countless lives changed by athletics, as kids are given an opportunity to fulfil their sporting potential and live healthier lives,” said double Olympic medallist Ohuruogu. “For that reason, I am pleased to be supporting the 2012 World Marathon Challenge in aid of Save the Children. Giving kids the opportunity to run as part of a marathon relay team on October 16 will change lives across the globe.”
Schools interested in taking part should go to savethechildren.org.uk/wmc