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A GREAT MAN

  On holiday last week I got a text from an old running friend, saying ‘A great man has died’. There could not have been a more appropriate way to describe the passing of Basil Heatley, on August 3. Basil’s principal kudos in athletics terms were an Olympic silver medal in the marathon in Tokyo […]






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RECORD DAY

In another record-shattering day at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya became the third fastest woman in marathon history when she clocked 2.17.08, taking over two minutes off the 12 month old course record, and a minute off her own personal best, while more than hinting that, at 22, she might just […]






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FAST AND FURIOUS

  Guye Adola of Ethiopia and Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya have both run faster than the course records set in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon last year, so despite the reduction in prize money (of which more later), the organisers of Friday’s 20th running of the Gulf race firmly expect the traditional blanket fast times […]






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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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