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Oliver Gavin - Marathon Man!

Not all racing drivers can run 26.2 miles

Every professional racing driver finds his own way of keeping physically fit. Some spend hours in the gym; others do a great deal of cycling, while running forms a major part of any fit person's training campaign. Not all, however, are capable of running 26.2 mile marathons.

Briton Olivier Gavin, who races for the Corvette Racing in the American Le Mans Series, took part in the Paris Marathon this past weekend. Gavin completed the Paris circuit in 3:14.25, five minutes faster than his goal and over 13 minutes faster than his previous attempt.

He also bettered the time of his friend and motorsports competitor James Thomson, last year's British Touring Car Champion. Gavin said, like all race car drivers, he and Thompson are highly competitive in everything they do. Gavin said Thompson completed last year's London Marathon in a time of 3:19.32, a goal Gavin wanted to exceed.

"He is going to be doing the London race again next weekend so it will be interesting to see how well we compare," Gavin said. "It's a shame we won't be able to actually run in the same Marathon but our (motor) racing commitments don't allow that."

This was the second marathon in which the 32-year-old Gavin has competed, the first being the 2002 London Marathon which he finished in a time of 3:27.48, and which he ran in support of ARC, a British arthritis charity.

Release Date: April 12, 2005