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BARE-LEGGED CHEEK

  Full marks to Andy Murray, for calling out the cretinous remarks made by French DJ Martin Solveig after he had asked the first women’s Ballon d’Or winner, Ada Hegerberg if she could twerk.  “Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport,” tweeted tennis star Murray. “To everyone who thinks people are […]






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HAPPY CENTENARY, MA!

  When my maternal grandmother died at 28 years old from tuberculosis, and her son succumbed to the same scourge, aged three, it seemed highly unlikely that the seven year old daughter, running barefoot through a Catholic ghetto in Belfast would survive to a grand old age. But my mother celebrates her centenary today. And […]






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CHES BEATS CLOCK, CINDERS THE COLD

  Edward Cheserek was many insiders’ pick to be a first-time winner of the Manchester Road Race on a freezing morning in New England earlier today; but defending champion, Olympic 5000 meters silver medallist Paul Chelimo felt confident enough to sprint away from the pack towards the top of Highland Road hill, around mile two, […]






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HOLD THE TURKEY!

  Mention Manchester in sporting circles, and thoughts inevitably turn to the two world-class UK soccer teams, City and United. But Manchester, Connecticut on the east coast of the USA has a long-running road race whose organisers have ambitions to make their event as well-known in the world-wide athletics community. The race certainly has history […]






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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HORST

  I’ve written about Horst Milde and his impact on the running community in Berlin, then Germany, then across the world a couple of times in the past. Yet, though I have known him and occasionally worked with him over 25 years, I was unaware of the full extent of his impact on running in […]






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#RUNANDTALK

  Any runner will tell you that training doesn’t just improve bodily fitness, it helps balance the mind as well. Physical exercise produces endorphins, the feel-good hormones which, in chemical terms are peptides which activate the body’s opiate receptors, causing an analgesic (calming) effect. Which is why, in plain English you feel so good after […]






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