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Tim Peake prepares to ‘run’ London Marathon from space – BBC News

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Image caption Mr Peake will start at the same time as the other runners on 24 April

UK astronaut Tim Peake is preparing to run the distance of the London Marathon on a treadmill in the International Space Station( ISS ).

To counteract the effects of weightlessness, he will use a harness to maintain him on the running belt.

He will operate the standard 42 km( 26.2 mi) distance, starting at the the same day as other competitors on 24 April.

“I’m really looking forward to this – it’s a great challenge, ” told Major Peake.

“I’m quite glad that this is happening later on in the mission so I’ve had plenty of is high time to get used to the T2 treadmill. “

Elastic straps over the shoulders and round the waist will keep Major Peake in contact with the running belt of the treadmill, located in the station’s Tranquility Node.

Media caption“It’s like operating with a clumsy rucksack on” – Tim Peake explains how this harness will enable him to run the London Marathon while in space

The straps are designed to generate the foot force necessary to give astronauts’ bones and muscles a workout in weightlessness.

He said: “One of the biggest challenges is the harness system. Plainly, my bodyweight has to be firmly attached to the treadmill by this harness, and that they are able scratch on the shoulders and around the waist.”

Major Peake said he had already run some half-marathons on the ISS treadmill and longer distances.

The Chichester-born astronaut ran the London Marathon in 1999, finishing in 3 hour, 18 minutes and 50 seconds.

But he will not try to beat that time as his medical squad wants to ensure he is perfectly healthy for his return to Ground in June.

The ISS is circling the Ground at a relative velocity of 28,800 km/ h( 17,900 mph ), so Major Peake is likely to cover about 100,000 km( 60,000 mi) during his run.

He said he did not think he would be defining any personal bests, but said he would aim to complete the course in under four hours.

Major Peake will start operating at the same time as the other runners: 10:00 GMT on 24 April.

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