Category: Archive


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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September 10th, 2017 by

  Joyciline Jepkosgei gave a little skip as she crossed the line to win the Birell Prague Grand Prix. It was a well-deserved demonstration of joy. She had just dismembered her own world record for 10 kilometres by 21 seconds, with 29min 43sec, the first woman to go under 30 minutes in a 10k road […]

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September 3rd, 2017 by

  Writing about one’s own profession or pastime is not necessarily of interest to others. But when such a sage as the President of the United States keeps banging on about fake news, maybe I should say a few words about the sanctity or otherwise of journalism. Who knows, it may even be of help […]

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August 29th, 2017 by

  As forecast on this site three weeks ago*, Kenenisa Bekele, arguably the greatest long distance runner in history has been added to the field for next month’s Berlin Marathon, which already featured Olympic champion and world number one, Eliud Kipchoge, and former world record holder and one of the most consistent elite marathoners of […]

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