Category: Archive

SUB-TWO TO PLUS-TWO?

October 12th, 2019 by

  If there were any doubts about the primacy of Eliud Kipchoge in modern marathoning, they were expunged in Vienna on Saturday morning when the Kenyan Olympic champion and world record holder ran the 42.195 kilometres in one hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds, the historic first sub-two hour marathon. Granted it was done with […]


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GOLD AMONG THE DROSS

October 7th, 2019 by

  As usual, it was left to the athletes to save the day at the IAAF World Championships in Qatar. They almost made it! They certainly weren’t getting much if any help from the IAAF, whose major input was imposing a torrid antipathetic venue like Doha in the first place. And that decision was almost […]


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FAST AND FURIOUS

January 23rd, 2019 by

  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

December 4th, 2018 by

  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!

November 28th, 2018 by

  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

November 22nd, 2018 by

  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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