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Kiplimo takes Kandie crown to set up World Half showdown

The developing rivalry between Jacob Kiplimo and Kibiwott Kandie took another turn this Sunday as the Ugandan stole the Kenyan’s world half-marathon record thanks to a 57:31 clocking in Lisbon. Alone in world record pursuit Kiplimo made his move a startling 3k into the race, finding himself all alone with over ten miles left. Passing through 5k in 13:40 (57:40 pace), Kiplimo covered the next five in 13.25 (56:37 pace) to leave himself … Continue reading Kiplimo takes Kandie crown to set up World Half showdown

Berihu Aregawi – Ethiopia’s next great hope?

The 10,000m Olympic title belongs to Ethiopia. Selemon Berega’s incredible final 600m took the title away from an expectant Joshua Cheptegui and installed himself as the 25-lap king. Not far behind was another Ethiopian, one used to stalking the more famous stars but who shows increasing signs of setting the pace. Berihu Aregawi could be Ethiopia’s new distance phenomenon. Embed from Getty Images 2018 and chasing Kipruto Aregawi is from Atsbi Womberta, a … Continue reading Berihu Aregawi – Ethiopia’s next great hope?

Jepchirchir shows class in unprecedented New York win. Korir shocks favourites.

Peres Jepchirchir underlined her status as the finest female marathon runner on the planet with a devastating kick to take the New York Marathon title.

In the men’s race an impressive Albert Korir improved on his 2019 second place to defeat the pre-race favourites and take his first major marathon honours.

Valencia Marathon Preview – 5th December

2021 has been a great year for elite marathons and Sunday 5th December may witness the best of the lot with the 41st edition of the Valencia Marathon. With an elite field to rival most marathon majors expect world record tilts and epic showdowns. Here’s our Valencia Marathon preview. What are the Valencia Marathon Course Records? Evans Chebet holds the Valencia Marathon course record with a time of 2.03.00. Only six men in … Continue reading Valencia Marathon Preview – 5th December

Athletics Craziest World Records (10-6)

Letsenbet Gidey’s astonishing world half marathon record was not of this planet. But just how good was it and where does it rank in the list of craziest world records in athletics? Here’s ten to six. 10. Paula Radcliffe – London Marathon – April 2003 Within two years of taking to the event, Paula Radcliffe had broken the world record twice but it was her second that really pushed the event to a … Continue reading Athletics Craziest World Records (10-6)

A long run for home, Kipyogei and Kipruto take Boston Marathon 2021 titles.

Benson Kipruto and Diana Chemtai Kipyogei ensured a Kenyan double atop the Boston marathon podium, as bold runs for home were rewarded with 2021 glory. In a captivating race for the neutral, both races featured high drama without ever chasing fast times. In an era of pace-maked processions this was marathon running at its enthralling best. Kipruto with one of the fastest closes in history. The men’s race featured a surprise leader thanks … Continue reading A long run for home, Kipyogei and Kipruto take Boston Marathon 2021 titles.

Jepkosgei and Lemma take the honours in London marathon war of attrition

Joyciline Jepkosgei and Sisay Lemma both ran away from the rest of the field to claim the titles at the 2021 London Marathon. The women’s race – Jepkosgei shows her class If anyone wants a lesson in marathon running, tell them to watch Jepkosgei’s performance today. The Kenyan went through halfway in 68:51 before running the second half just one second slower to run 2.17.43, seventh on the all-time list. Heading through the … Continue reading Jepkosgei and Lemma take the honours in London marathon war of attrition

London Marathon 2021 – The British Preview

Here’s our British preview of the 2021 London Marathon. London acts as an qualifier for the 2022 World Championship Marathon in Eugene. With potential Commonwealth and European spots also to fight for, the race amongst the Brits looks as good as ever. For our full previews for the race as a whole see here for men, and here for women. London Marathon – British Women Preview The British women in the elite race … Continue reading London Marathon 2021 – The British Preview

Who is the greatest female marathon runner of all time?

With the news this week of the retirement of marathon supremo Mary Keitany we ask ourselves the perennial question, who is the greatest female marathon runner of all time? Here’s our top five. In deciding the list we’ve taken into account times run (for their era), major marathons won, global titles and the length of their dominance. 5. Brigid Kosgei Brigid Kosgei’s 2.14.04 run in Chicago 2018 makes her place on this list … Continue reading Who is the greatest female marathon runner of all time?

New York City Marathon 2021 Preview

The 2021 World Marathon Major Calendar will round out with the New York City Marathon, here’s our preview. The Sunday 7th November date means New York have managed to assemble possibly the finest field of the lot with plenty of Olympic interest and some exciting debuts. Here we preview the elite races. How fast is the New York City Marathon? New York, by marathon majors standards, is one of the relatively slower courses … Continue reading New York City Marathon 2021 Preview

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