Category: Archive


January 30th, 2018 by

  In addition to seven men under two hours, five minutes, and four women under 2.20 – in both cases, more than the aggregate for all last year’s marathons – the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon last Friday landed the considerable coup of having world record holder Paula Radcliffe as a race commentator. As well as […]

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January 11th, 2018 by

  One of the biggest drawbacks to having a charmed childhood is the lurking suspicion that, sooner or later, things are going to go wrong. As a baby-boomer in the UK, I benefited from the post-war sense of social cohesion, abetted by the introduction of the National Health Service and the Education Act. Not that […]

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December 17th, 2017 by

  The name of Walt Murphy is barely known in UK athletics circles and, I suspect not much more so in the USA, outside of statisticians, of whom he is one. But Walt, who got interested in athletics when his cousin Tom Murphy became a US international runner in the late 1950s, issues an excellent […]

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November 9th, 2017 by

  Thirty years ago, when the first wave of East African marathoners was giving suspicious hints of the tsunami of excellence to follow, the coach of the two outstanding Djibouti marathoners, Ahmed Salah and Jamah Robleh gave his trainees some advice which seemed counter-intuitive. Jacky Fournier suggested to Salah and Robleh that they should model […]

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September 26th, 2017 by

  I was fortunate enough to attend both the inaugural World Junior Championships in Athens 1986 and the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010. On both occasions, it was a pleasure to see youngsters as yet untarnished by anything other than ambition, at the same time as being afforded the opportunity to evaluate future potential. […]

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September 19th, 2017 by

  For those of us still more accustomed to miles than kilometres, here’s an estimated time from Joyceline’s Jepkosgei’s quadruple world record breaking feat in the Prague half-marathon earlier this year, that might spur you on to greater efforts in training or maybe cause you give up altogether. Remember that en route to her 64min […]

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