Sons of runner Sir Christopher Chataway to take part in half-marathon at Wembley Stadium
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The two sons of a record-breaking athlete and broadcaster will follow their father’s footstep by taking on a half-marathon next month.
Adam Chataway, 36, from Kensal Rise, and his 33-year-old sibling Mat from Willesden, will compete in the Vitality North London Half Marathon in Wembley, on March 15.
Their late father Sir Christopher Chataway set the pace for Roger Bannister’s sub-four minute mile in 1954.
In the same year Sir Christopher set the world record for the 5,000m race by competing it in 13 minutes 51.6 seconds.
He retired afterwards and became a renowned broadcaster.
Although the brothers were born into a rich heritage of competitive running they didn’t compete in their first run until 2004 when they participated in the Great North Run.
Since then they have taken part in a number of half marathon events including The Comrades Marathon last year in South Africa - the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon.
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Mat, a teacher, said: “Although our dad’s name became synonymous with running, it was never a sport that he pushed either Adam or myself into.
“We’ve always been sporty, but the interest in running definitely came with age after first running in 2004.
“Wembley Stadium has always been a very special venue for my father and our family too, as he watched and was inspired by the 1948 London Olympic Games here.
“Although we are family, when we take to the start line we are always there to run our own race. We have both been training hard, despite a few injury niggles, but we’re really excited about being part of the first ever Vitality North London Half Marathon!”
The race starts at Wembley Stadium and ends at Allianz Park, home of the mighty Saracens Rugby Club.
The official race starter is double Olympic, World and six times European Champion Mo Farah.
To register for the race visit northlondonhalf.com.
Closing date for entries is February 16.