General Article Half of people in UK cannot run 100 metres

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It’s likely that Usain Bolt will run the distance in less than ten seconds this weekend, but a survey has found that nearly half of adults in the UK (45%) believe it would be difficult or impossible to run 100 metres without stopping.

The online survey of 2,065 people which asked about people’s weight, eating habits and fitness levels, was conducted to mark the start of Slimming World’s ‘Miles for Smiles’ activity programme to encourage people to become more active while raising money for the NSPCC at the same time.

  • The survey found that women are almost twice as likely as men to be brought out in a cold sweat by the idea of running 100 metres, with 56% of women believing it would be difficult or impossible to run the distance compared to 31% of men.
  • When it was announced that the Olympics were to be held in London it was hoped that it would leave a legacy of a more active Britain, but the survey revealed that three out

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