Category: Archive

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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HOLD THE TURKEY!

November 21st, 2018 by

  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

October 24th, 2018 by

  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

October 3rd, 2018 by

  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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TOO BIG TO EXCLUDE?

September 24th, 2018 by

  The potential Olympic reinstatement of Russia by the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) from a suspension occasioned by the revelation of wholesale doping at the Sochi Olympics coincides uncomfortably with the 30th anniversary of the busting of Ben Johnson following the Olympic men’s 100 metres in Seoul. State sponsored doping meets free market enterprise doping, […]


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