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SUB-50!

  For those of us still more accustomed to miles than kilometres, here’s an estimated time from Joyceline’s Jepkosgei’s quadruple world record breaking feat in the Prague half-marathon earlier this year, that might spur you on to greater efforts in training or maybe cause you give up altogether. Remember that en route to her 64min […]






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FROM FAT TO FAST

  Joyciline Jepkosgei gave a little skip as she crossed the line to win the Birell Prague Grand Prix. It was a well-deserved demonstration of joy. She had just dismembered her own world record for 10 kilometres by 21 seconds, with 29min 43sec, the first woman to go under 30 minutes in a 10k road […]






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APOLOGIA

  Writing about one’s own profession or pastime is not necessarily of interest to others. But when such a sage as the President of the United States keeps banging on about fake news, maybe I should say a few words about the sanctity or otherwise of journalism. Who knows, it may even be of help […]






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WHO’LL BE THE DADDY?

  As forecast on this site three weeks ago*, Kenenisa Bekele, arguably the greatest long distance runner in history has been added to the field for next month’s Berlin Marathon, which already featured Olympic champion and world number one, Eliud Kipchoge, and former world record holder and one of the most consistent elite marathoners of […]






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ONCE UPON A TIME IN EAST AFRICA

  For close to 40 years, Kenyan athletes have been revising expectations in middle and long distance running, with occasional forays into the 400 metres and hurdles and perhaps more surprisingly the javelin. I intend no insult when I say that the latter are welcome departures for what is essentially still a third world country, […]






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GOLD-LITE!

  There will be those of you, including the folks at UK Athletics who think that winning two medals, gold and silver in the 4×100 metres relay last night somehow absolves the British team (and thus administration) from a largely poor show in the IAAF World Championships 2017. Yes, in addition to Mo Farah’s gold […]






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