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World Athletics Championships: GB duo cool with midnight marathons & air-con stadium

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By Saj Chowdhury
BBC Sport
Charlotte Purdue has been pounding on a laboratory treadmill in 36C heat for the past month.
The 28-year-old told BBC Sport she’d completed 10 sessions of around 90 minutes each in the department of St Mary’s University, together with two . The method in this madness is to stay away from wilting in Friday’s women’s marathon at the World Championships in Doha, which will be scheduled to begin a moment before midnight.
Doha’s requirements – which top 40C – supposed organisers had little alternative except to begin the women’s and men’s races as possible. On the other hand, 60% humidity is nevertheless expected by the Hampshire athlete also for temperatures to vary from 33-36C, which is why she made use of the services supplied by the London university.
“The lab monitored my heart-ratebody thickness and sweat-rate, also based on those values we exercised when I was adapting to the heat – it is so far, so good,” Purdue said before heading into Great Britain’s training camp in Dubai.
“After the first session I thought I’d never be in a position to try it, but I really like it now.”
Coached by Australian Nic Bideau, the European cross-country champion is currently in rude health following a 2018. Injury forced her to withdraw from the London Marathon she suffered cramp in a race in the European Championships and a virus that effectively ended her year toped off that.
In contrast, 2019 watched her turn into the third quickest British marathon runner, triumph at the London half marathon and follow that up in which she pumped a minute off her personal best.
Unsurprisingly, Purdue sounded ebullient.
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“I came back off two major build-ups, but didn’t operate the marathons, so it isn’t such a shock that I got to great shape again,” she added.
“I’m glad it has gone better for me this year – appearing on what happened it has worked out pretty well.”
The Briton is of completing greater than the 13th she managed from London, hopeful, and also Doha’s marathon course may help her in her mission.
“It’s six 7km loops of the Doha Corniche,” she explained. “It’s flat so it may be rather a speedy course, though if it was not so hot then it’d be a quick course.
“The great thing is that I enjoy doing loads of loops. Anybody who know me from coaching camps knows I enjoy loops.”
The events inside the refurbished Khalifa Stadium have also been scheduled to variable in the weather. With the contest starting local time, at the very earliest, there are no morning sessions, unlike World Championships.
Purdue’s team-mate Eilish McColgan, that will be competing in the 5,000m and 10,000m, is not worried about the heat influencing the athletes because of the air-conditioning system which will operate in the place. This was executed at the Doha Diamond League event in May.
The Scot, whose mother Liz – the 1991 10,000m world champion – coaches children in Doha, told BBC Sport:”People shouldn’t freak about it a lot. The temperature will most likely be controlled to 20Cs from the low. We ran in 30C.
“That’s why a lot of the athletes have been imagining in high elevation in Switzerland or France because they realise that the scene is going to probably be air conditioned.
“I had been talking to Qatari large jumper Mutaz Barshim who said he found it very cold because there were constant jets of atmosphere. Of course, for us running we will not feel that.”
McColgan, 28, also passed advice to those planning to train beyond the arena:”I’ve been operating in public parks because the streets are chaos.
“You also must make sure that you’re covered appropriately so as to respect the culture and religion. I make sure I wear longer tops or three-quarter length leggings, and I’ll always wear a T-shirt.”
Purdue will line-up in 21:59 BST on McColgan and Friday to the women’s marathon begins her campaign using all the 10,000m final on Saturday at 19:10 BST.
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