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Session 129

Running a marathon can add years to your life. Neil and Georgina teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

Running marathon makes your heart younger

Taking part in just one marathon can make your heart 'younger' by years, according to new research. Neil and Georgina look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.


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The story

It was the first ever marathon that the runners had attempted. Although they didn’t complete it that quickly, it took the men and women between four and a half and five and a half hours on average to run the 26.2 miles of the race, the six months of training they put in to reach their goal appeared to improve their heart and circulatory health.

Key words and phrases


  • In hard times, the government often cuts arts funding first.
  • It’s simple - cut smoking and health improves.

taking on
making a decision to do something challenging

  • I’m taking on a huge new international project.
  • Jorge’s taken on too much work. He can’t cope!

change the direction of something to the opposite

  • In a driving test, you must show you can reverse the car.
  • The school reversed its decision. Now girls can wear trousers.

To do

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News Review quiz

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