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May 6th, 2017 by

  So, Superman is not a big, chisel-jawed white Jewish guy from New York, after all*. He is a weedy little black guy from 3000 metres up in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya But one who runs long distances so fast it’s as if he is running down from that altitude to sea-level. His […]

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May 3rd, 2017 by

  Earlier this week, the European Athletics Association passed a resolution for a wholesale reassessment of world records, just days before we are due to get a staged manipulation of a potential sub-two hour marathon. The implication of the former move, welcomed by IAAF President Seb Coe, is that too many of the current world […]

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April 15th, 2017 by

  Parkrun has been one of the social phenomena of the 21st century. Starting with a few mates, looking to escape marathon madness with a shorter run, it has graduated from a dozen participants in a west London park in 2004, to hundreds of 5k runs every Saturday morning (at 9am) at parks throughout the […]

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April 14th, 2017 by

  I went to an IAAF press conference yesterday, for the first time in a long time. How things change! IAAF press conferences were always pretty lively affairs, due entirely to the tough questions thrown by the likes of me and the other Fleet Street ferrets (as Sports Illustrated alumnus Kenny Moore used to call […]

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April 2nd, 2017 by

It is a measure of how much long distance running has jogged its way into public consciousness over recent decades that the BBC Radio 4 national news on Saturday morning culminated – admittedly in a spot reserved for amusing items – with news that the organisers of the south coast of England race, the Brighton […]

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March 13th, 2017 by

  Despite his advanced years – he was 86 exactly one week ago – the increasing numbers of people, doubtless running into millions who have got to know Ed Whitlock through his extraordinary feats over the last decade will be shocked and saddened by news of his death, from prostate cancer, which was announced by […]

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