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REMINISCENCES OF RON

June 18th, 2015 by

Ron Clarke, one of the all-time greats of long distance running has died, far too early. Setting close to a score of world records, and taking huge chunks off the best times for the classic 5000 and 10,000 metres events in the 1960s, the Australian more than justifies his central place in a pantheon of […]


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SUB-FOUR, REVISITED

May 8th, 2014 by

Since my latest blog (see below) has provoked a lively, private exchange with several colleagues, I thought it was worth revisiting, on a couple of counts. Why, one asks is it so important that everyone in the race finishes, in order to validate any record. Another correspondent replies that there is no logic to it, […]


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ANOTHER GIANT LEAP?

September 27th, 2013 by

Just over ten years ago, the teenage Eliud Kipchoge sprang into the public consciousness by holding off the celebrated Hicham El Guerrouj and Kenenisa Bekele to win the World 5000 metres title in one of the most exciting finishes in the history of track distance running. Despite a decade of superlative performances since then, including […]


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