Spotted on Strava: London Marathon, Central Park FKT and... a Snail


Snail by Cameron Coneys

From the streets of London, to the California trails by way of NYC, there was plenty to capture the attention on Strava this past week.

One of the biggest marathons in the world, and one of the greatest marathons in the world. This weekend's London Marathon brought together more than 50,000 runners, competing through the storied streets of the UK's capital city. With more than 30,000 athletes uploading their activities to Strava, it's safe to say that most of us saw something 'London' in our feeds this week. But in case you didn't, check out Haroon Mota's activity. Haroon was running his tenth London Marathon - and was accompanied by over 100 members of the Muslim Runners community.

Away from the streets of London, two massive cycling events were unfolding on both sides of the Atlantic. The Classics continue to come thick and fast in Belgium, with riders taking on the cold and wet in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège. After a couple of difficult years around the race, Tadej Pogačar was in imperious form as he executed a near-perfect race strategy to take the win. In the women's event, Grace Brown claimed her first win in 'La Doyenne' - and the biggest of her career with a classic Sprinters victory ahead of the likes of Demi Vollering and Elisa Longo Borghini.

Staying on two wheels, but going entirely off-road, the festival of cycling that is Sea Otter brought together some of the biggest names and brands in mountain, gravel, and cross-country cycling. Across a series of events, there were two familiar names that took the tape at the prestigious Fuego XL: Sofia Gomez Villafane dominated the women's race, while Keegan Swenson won the men's. The pair, who dominated the Life Time Grand Prix in 2023, look set to do it all again this time around.

While runners from around the world pounded the pavement of London on Sunday, over in New York there was another, astonishingly impressive activity unfolding. Katie Carsky set a new women's FKT (Fastest Known Time) for loops of Central Park. Katie clocked up 11 laps of the 6.1 mile / 9.8km loop - running 66 miles / 106.58 km in total.

And, finally, staying in New York City, but this time going at... snail's pace. Yes, fresh from finishing The Speed Project over on the West Coast, Cameron Coneys paced the streets of Manhattan to create a Snail Project (so to speak). Despite the heavy legs, Cameron completed the 15 mile / 25km run in just under 2h 30mins, creating a picture-perfect snail in the process.

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