Astronaut Tim Peake breaks space marathon record on ISS

British astronaut Tim Peake has been training in space for this Sunday's London Marathon.

Comparing his day job driving fast cars for Top Gear with running the marathon, he said: "That's far easier than this, but not as fulfilling to be honest".

Tim ran the London Marathon once before, in 1999, with an impressive time of 3:18:50.

"It was fantastic this morning", Peake told the Cologne-based European Astronauts Centre (EAC) ESA head Wörner: "I want to make a difference", reported Germany's DPA news agency. As tens of thousands of runners pounded the pavement in the streets of London, Peake went the distance strapped into a harness. Indeed, chafing can be a serious challenge for any long-distance runner, but it sounds like Peake needed an extra tube or two of space-friendly lubricant to see him safely to the finishing line. "It tugs and pulls in different directions".

He followed up with a message sent after he completed the marathon, in which he noted that while he had run the 42 kilometres the International Space Station had travelled nearly 100,000 kilometres.

The first ISS marathon was completed by US astronaut Sunita Williams in 2007.

Video of Peake streamed back to Earth as he ran with a Union Jack flag behind him in a windowless room. He completed the course in three hours 57 minutes and 17 seconds. In addition to the COLBERT, or T2, treadmill, Williams also used a stationary bike and the ARED, the space station's Advanced Resistive Exercise Device, to complete the 22.5 mile (36 km) multi-medium course in one hour, 48 minutes and 33 seconds. He may have been a bit slower, but according to the BBC, since he was on the ISS, he technically covered more than 53,000 miles during his run.

Peake will not be the first person to run a marathon from space, though, as U.S. Astronaut Sunita Williams participated in the Boston Marathon in 2007 while aboard the station.

He also tweeted a photograph of England's capital from space, asking if London fancied a run.

"The London Marathon was held earlier today, and among its runners?" His time was the second fastest of all time, only seven seconds outside the world best at the 2014 Berlin Marathon by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto.

Petr Hruska ran the fastest marathon dressed as an elf in three hours 19 minutes and 15 seconds.

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