Three-time Premier League winner runs marathons but is slower than Michael Owen

There seems to be a trend amongst retired Premier League winners trying their hand at marathon running – and there’s a new three-time champion in the mix.

Following in the steps of Arjen Robben and Michael Owen, Robert Huth recently completed the Berlin Marathon as he swapped his football boots for running shoes. However, it wasn’t the smoothest of entries for the big centre-back.

Huth, now 39, won two league titles at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho and was a vital pairing alongside captain Wes Morgan in Leicester City’s memorable title win in 2016. But the former Germany international’s pace doesn’t match speedsters Robben and Owen.

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Robben ran in the Rotterdam Marathon earlier this year where he showed he hasn’t lost his lightning-quick speed – clocking in a time of 2:58 – averaging just over 20 minutes for every 5km, in a time current pros would be happy with. The ex-Bayern Munich star’s time was almost an hour quicker than Owen’s 3:45 he recorded in the 2014 London Marathon.

Unfortunately for Huth, although a valiant effort considering he wasn’t known for his running ability during his career, he recorded a time of 4:01 – finishing around a quarter of an hour behind Owen’s time he set when he was 34, having retired at Stoke City just over a year earlier.

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Huth posted a picture of him after the race with his medal on Twitter, captioning the post: "Week ago today, that was tough! "Big thanks to #sebamed for organising. Same again next year? #bmwberlinmarathon."

The 19-time Germany international retired from football in 2019 having been without a club for months after missing the entire 2017/18 season at Leicester due to ankle and foot injuries – leaving the King Power at the end of that season.

Huth has since made a return to Leicester in October 2022 – taking the position of the club’s loan manager.

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