In 490BC, a chap called Pheidippides (or similar depending on the account), ran from Marathonas to Athens to deliver the message that the Greek's had been victorious over Persia in the Battle of Marathon. On delivering the short phrase hail, we are the winners", he collapsed and died. Thus, the first marathon had been run and the marathon born. Over 2,500 years later, it was finally time for me to follow in Pheidippides footsteps in the "Authentic Marathon". The course is the same as used in the 2004 Olympic Games, when Paula Radcliffe dropped out at (32km?) and not dissimilar to the 1896 course at the first Olympic Games. Interestingly, reading some of the history of the marathon whilst in Athens at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the 1896 and first modern Olympics took place and the finish of the marathon would be, it claimed Pheidippides had run 42,195 metres in 490BC - even though that distance wasn't adopted until 1921! (Pheidippides ran approximately 25 miles/40km) Whilst some of the history and facts maybe up for dispute, the marathon race originates in Greece and to run the route from which it originates would be an experience.