Beijing marathon runners brave pollution

November 25, 2012

SHOTLIST: TIANANMEN SQUARE, BEIJING, CHINA, NOVEMBER 25, 2012 (SOURCE: AFPTV) - VAR of runners getting ready to race SOUNDBITE 1: Gavin Thompson (male), UK citizen and marathon participant (English, 13 sec): "She (my wife) just said it (the pollution) was very high today. But I mean I live in Beijing so I've been running in this weather for nine years. I don't look too closely at it (pollution radar) but my wife, we've got two young children here, so my wife looks at it quite closely." - VAR of runners getting ready to race SOUNDBITE 2: Wei Dan (female), marathon participant (Mandarin, 11 sec): "I know the air today is really bad. But nothing can be done. If you wear one of those face masks that block particles greater than PM 2.5 it makes breathing difficult." - VAR of sun behind haze - VAR of runners getting ready to race SOUNDBITE 3: Mrs Yang (female), marathon participant (Mandarin, 9 sec): "Beijing's weather is fine. The quality of the weather is good enough. Because we came for this last year as well for the half marathon and it was a clear blue sky." -Race starting -Various of the 30,000 runners -------------------------------------------------- NO AFP TEXT STORY