British astronaut Tim Peake runs marathon aboard space station

  • AP, London
  • Updated: Apr 25, 2016 01:10 IST
British astronaut Tim Peake running the London marathon while strapped to a treadmill to counter the lack of gravity at the International Space Station. (AP)

British astronaut Tim Peake has completed the London Marathon — from 250 miles (400km) above the Earth.

Peake ran the 26.2-mile (42km) race harnessed to a treadmill aboard the International Space Station, with a simulation of the route through London’s streets playing on an iPad.

British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake appears live from the International Space Station for a questions and answers session with assembled media. (Reuters)

He finished in 3 hours and 35 minutes. Guinness World Records says that’s a record for the fastest marathon in orbit. American astronaut Sunita Williams ran the Boston Marathon from space in 2007 in 4 hours and 24 minutes.

Peake, who is four months into a six-month stay aboard the space station, also sent competitors a good luck video message before Sunday’s race.

The 44-year-old astronaut was one of more than 39,000 people running the marathon — the rest at ground level.

British astronaut Tim Peake is seen on a video screen transmitted from the International Space Station. (AP)

A Nasa image shows the International Space Station as it flew over Madagascar, showing three of the five spacecraft docked to the station in this photo taken by the Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake. (REUTERS)

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