London Marathon: 44-year-old Guyanese Vaughn Felix accomplishes dream feat

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“Of all the races, there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon’, were the words of Dr. George Sheehan, cardiologist and former medical editor for Runner’s World magazine.

From a Guyanese perspective, 44-year-old Vaughn Felix produced a heroic performance to recently complete one of the world’s most famous marathons in London.

Just over 53,000 people completed the 2024 London Marathon, making it the largest London Marathon since the event started in 1981.

It was 26.2 miles of grit and determination, a prize for running more than 60 hours in preparation for the event.

With training runs from the National Park to Mon Repos and sometimes to Buxton, Felix travelled from Guyana to England to accomplish a herculean feat in a charitable cause.

“Running the London Marathon is an incredible experience that words cannot fully capture. It is unlike any other sporting event, and I wish more Guyanese athletes could have the opportunity to undertake it.

On race day, the weather turned cold, and we had to be at Greenwich Park by 8 a.m. My race was scheduled to start at 10:15 a.m.,” Felix related to News Room Sport.

To underscore the significance of Felix’s feat, this was his first marathon, and he completed it in an impressive sub-four-hour time of 3:49:41s.

“Preparing for a race of this magnitude required more than just physical preparation. It also required me to modify my diet and make lifestyle changes,” Vaughn, who competed in the race with two others, explained.

The other two Guyanese- Tanika Jones and Randy Bentinck- ran virtually from Guyana.

A first and a prized marathon medal, the long journey to success will continue for Felix and the company.

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