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10 footballers who have run marathons

Sport360 looks at 10 footballers who have displayed their endurance qualities away from the pitch and run marathons.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
14th March 2017

article:14th March 2017

Running a marathon is not for the faint-hearted and these ten footballers showed incredible endurance to complete the gruelling 42.195km distance.

It should also be said that most of these marathon runs were completed after the conclusion of their playing careers – illustrating strong levels of fitness.


Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, a keen endurance go-getter who has completed the famed 250km Marathon des Sables race, is the fastest footballer-turned marathon runner.

He recorded a stellar 02:58:08 time in the 2007 Florence Marathon – three years after the end of his playing career.

Indeed, the Blaugrana legend also posted times of 03:14:09 (2005 New York Marathon) and 03:00:19 (2006 Amsterdam Marathon) before finally getting his sub-three in Italy.

In our picture gallery above – we reveal the top ten footballing marathoners and the closest player to Enrique in terms of time.

Times are recorded in Hours, Minutes and Seconds.


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From Luis Enrique to Pavel Nedved – 10 footballers who have run marathons

Sport360 looks at 10 footballers who have displayed their endurance qualities away from the pitch and run marathons.

Edwin van der Sar - 2011 New York Marathon - Time: 04:19:16

Edwin van der Sar - 2011 New York Marathon - Time: 04:19:16

Chris Perry - 2011 London Marathon - Time: 04:05:09

Chris Perry - 2011 London Marathon - Time: 04:05:09

Pavel Nedved - 2012 Prague Marathon - Time: 03:50:02

Pavel Nedved - 2012 Prague Marathon - Time: 03:50:02

Gary Speed - 2010 London Marathon - Time: 03:49:22

Gary Speed - 2010 London Marathon - Time: 03:49:22

Michael Owen - 2014 London Marathon - Time: 03:45:43

Michael Owen - 2014 London Marathon - Time: 03:45:43

Dwight Yorke - 2011 London Marathon - Time: 03:31:56

Dwight Yorke - 2011 London Marathon - Time: 03:31:56

Muzzy Izzet - 2011 London Marathon - Time: 03:22:36

Muzzy Izzet - 2011 London Marathon - Time: 03:22:36

Kevin Kilbane - 2013 London Marathon - Time: 03:14:44

Kevin Kilbane - 2013 London Marathon - Time: 03:14:44

Christian Daily - 2013 London Marathon - Time: 03:06:26

Christian Daily - 2013 London Marathon - Time: 03:06:26

Luis Enrique - 2007 Florence Marathon - Time: 02:58:08

Luis Enrique - 2007 Florence Marathon - Time: 02:58:08