Manchester United's 71-year-old co-owner posts personal best at London Marathon

Manchester United's 71-year-old co-owner posts personal best at London Marathon

Joel Omotto 19:39 - 21.04.2024

The Manchester United boss showed great determination to finish Sunday's London Marathon in an impressive time for his age before dashing to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, co-owner of Manchester United and CEO of INEOS, showcased his athletic prowess by completing the London Marathon with a personal best time of four hours, 32 minutes, and 52 seconds on Sunday.

The 71-year-old's remarkable achievement didn't end there, as he swiftly made his way from The Mall to Wembley Stadium to catch United's FA Cup semi-final against Coventry.

Ratcliffe's dedication to both running and football was evident as he juggled two demanding tasks in a single day.

Starting his marathon journey just after 10am UK time, he navigated the course with determination, eventually crossing the finish line around 2:30pm. With United's match scheduled for 3:30 pm, Ratcliffe aimed to arrive at Wembley in time for the second half.

His impressive performance saw him secure the 21,169th position overall in the race, ranking 34th in his age category. Ratcliffe's strategic planning was evident as he covered the first 10 kilometres in one hour and one minute, reaching the halfway point in Wapping after two hours and 12 minutes.

With the prospect of a Manchester derby final looming, Ratcliffe's dash to Wembley symbolised his commitment to the club and his passion for sports. United's majority owners, Joel and Avram Glazer, were also expected to be in attendance, marking their first appearance at a United match since Ratcliffe's investment in the club.

As Ratcliffe joined fellow fans and investors at Wembley, his feat at the London Marathon highlighted not only his personal achievements but also his dedication to Manchester United and the sporting world as a whole.