Liang Huguo competes in the 2018 Tengchong Marathon in China. The 72-year-old has run in 23 marathons. Photo: Liang Yuan

He took up running aged 70. He’s run a sub-4-hour marathon. What’s this Chinese senior’s secret?

  • Liang Huguo never smoked or drank and did a lot of swimming. He took up cycle racing after retirement, and hiked to Everest base camp
  • Two years ago, the 72-year-old from Yunnan switched to running, and has since finished 23 marathons. He tells us about his simple diet and training
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Liang Huguo competes in the 2018 Tengchong Marathon in China. The 72-year-old has run in 23 marathons. Photo: Liang Yuan
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Pavel Toropov

Pavel Toropov

Involved in competitive sport since the age of four, after completing a PhD in Ecology, Pavel worked in Colombia, Brazil, the UAE, South Korea and China. His love of outdoors sees him setting courses for ultra-marathons in Bhutan, powder skiing in Japan and guiding tourists to both the North and South Poles. He also crossed South America by bicycle, pedalling over 12,000 kilometres, alone. A former competitive distance runner, Pavel speaks English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and French and supports AFC Wimbledon, his local football club.