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David Weir’s ‘new lease of life’

David Weir’s ‘new lease of life’

The multiple Paralympic gold medallist takes on the new Vitality Big Half this weekend as he works toward racing for an eighth London Marathon victory in April

David Weir says he feels as though he has had a “new lease of life”, with this weekend’s Vitality Big Half and an eighth win at the Virgin Money London Marathon in April his next major targets.

The 38-year-old, who retired from track racing last year, out-sprinted Switzerland’s Marcel Hug to claim a record seventh London Marathon victory in 2017.

Weir is relishing his road race focus and the man who will be returning to contest the London Marathon for the 19th consecutive time this spring says there is much more he hopes to achieve in his career yet.

“I feel like I’ve got a new lease of life and more desire,” explains the six-time Paralympic gold medallist, who contests the inaugural Big Half, London’s new half-marathon, on Sunday (March 4).

“I feel like I’ve got a new lease of life and more desire”

“I’m 38 and some of the guys are still racing and still winning in their 40s, so we’ll see.

“I don’t feel I’m getting any slower, I think my endurance is getting a lot better as I’m getting older. I know it will come to a point where it won’t but I don’t feel old, I don’t feel like I’m tired, I don’t get many injuries, touch wood.

“There’s a few marathons that I still want to try and win – Chicago I’ve never won. I’ve won New York but I want to go back and give that a go.

“I think the track was always a lot of pressure to deliver, I don’t feel like that on the road,” he adds.

“I felt like I had to constantly prove myself on the track because I had done so well in London (Paralympics in 2012) and to be honest I just lost interest with racing on the track. I just didn’t have any desire to do it any more.

“I pretty much did everything possible I could do on the track.”

Looking ahead to the London Marathon, he says: “I always think I can win.

“I just love doing the London Marathon to be honest. From an early age, I’ve always wanted to do it. It doesn’t get boring.”

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