Category: Marathon

RAIN-CHECK

April 17th, 2018 by

  So now we know how to beat the East Africans. Simply arrange for (close) to zero temperatures, high winds, and incessant, driving rain, as happened in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Of the dozen and a half East Africans, thirteen failed to finish; and from having no US women’s winner since 1985, five of […]


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WHAT PAULA (AND GARY) DID NEXT

January 30th, 2018 by

  In addition to seven men under two hours, five minutes, and four women under 2.20 – in both cases, more than the aggregate for all last year’s marathons – the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon last Friday landed the considerable coup of having world record holder Paula Radcliffe as a race commentator. As well as […]


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I’M DEWI GRIFFITHS

November 9th, 2017 by

  Thirty years ago, when the first wave of East African marathoners was giving suspicious hints of the tsunami of excellence to follow, the coach of the two outstanding Djibouti marathoners, Ahmed Salah and Jamah Robleh gave his trainees some advice which seemed counter-intuitive. Jacky Fournier suggested to Salah and Robleh that they should model […]


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O SUPERMAN

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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A SHORT HISTORY OF PERFORMANCE ENHANCING

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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TOLA TRIUMPHS, BEKELE BLOWS OUT!

January 20th, 2017 by

  Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia broke the course record in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday morning, with two hours, four minutes and eleven seconds. But the much heralded world record attempt by his star colleague, Kenenisa Bekele was strangled at birth when the multiple champion and world record holder fell at the start, […]


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