After sounding the horn to start a local half marathon on Sunday, Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio planned on a leisurely jog on the two-mile fun run course. Instead, the 43-year-old took a wrong turn and ended up completing the entire 13.1-mile race in one hour and 49 minutes (36 minutes after the winner).
From the BBC:
"I couldn't stop, there was a challenge," he told BBC Wiltshire.
"There were three options, I thought I should start with the fun [run] marathon but unfortunately we changed direction, kept going and followed the first group.
"Unfortunately I ended up doing a full half marathon plus 800 metres.
"At the end I was very happy because I finished without stopping, even for one second. I wasn't ready but I never stopped running.
"I'm very happy but it was very tough."
Given his intense reputation, I like to imagine this sort of thing happens to Paolo all the time (when he's not fighting his own players, that is). I'm sure he has many stories that start with something like: "I was walking my dog around the neighborhood..." and end with something like: "...I changed direction and found myself fighting a pack of rabid lions to the death in Sub-Saharan Africa. And then I made these shoes out of them."
- Paolo Di Canio
- half marathon