INEOS launches 1:59 Challenge education platform

07 Jul 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

INEOS and the 1851 Trust have launched a new set of digital learning resources based on the successful 1:59 Challenge.

Aimed at engaging young people in the cutting edge technology of high performance sport, the resources explore the science and theory behind Eliud Kipchoge’s feat in becoming the first human to run a sub-two hour marathon.

“Eliud is a once in a generation athlete and in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge it was our responsibility to use our knowledge to give him the best possible conditions which would enable him to make history and prove that no human is limited,” said Sir Dave Brailsford, INEOS 1:59 Challenge CEO and TEAM INEOS Team Principal. 

“That is why we had some of the brightest minds in high performance sport work closely together with Eliud’s brilliant team.

“A huge amount of science and high performance principles went into the project, covering everything from the pacemaker formation through to the decision to hold the event in Vienna. It was always Eliud’s dream to leave a legacy and it is brilliant to see INEOS and the 1851 Trust now take the learnings from the Challenge and turn them into educational resources to inspire young people across the world.”

The three challenges on the platform focus on key aspects of the task: the pacemaker strategy, nutrition and course selection. INEOS says students can put themselves into the roles of the 1:59 Performance team, engaging in hands-on practical work in physics, biology and maths.