22 May

Hug a Race Organiser

Man with clipboard

Most running blogs come from the perspective of a runner – runABC’s runTalk is no exception (writes Chris Broadbent). But for one week only, I have decided to step out of the trainers of my fellow runners and slip into the slightly less sweaty shoes of the race organiser.

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8 May

Beer, Fireworks and PBs

runners on the track at the Night of the 10,000m PBs

In a little over five years, a London track event has gone from being a grass roots club race to the top of the tree in international athletics (writes Chris Broadbent). The Highgate Harriers ‘Night of the 10,000m PBs’ was initiated by volunteers to freshen up a stale domestic distance running scene on the track, which sunk to a low of only one female entrant to the UK trials.

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17 Apr

Thanks For The Memory

Stand on the start line of your local race and you’ll see just as many women as men waiting for the gun. But turn the clock back 50 years and you’d see a different picture (writes Christine Appel). Half a century after race officials tried to bundle Kathrine Switzer off the course at Boston Marathon and she gets ready for London Marathon 2018, we look at the milestones that liberated women to run...

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10 Apr

A Commonwealth Of Talent

Steve Cram in action in his pomp

I have always been a huge fan of the Commonwealth Games (writes Chris Broadbent). The latest edition is currently taking place on the Gold Coast, Australia and while it does not have the same global prestige as the Olympic Games, it often offers the first glimpses on the international stage of the planet’s greatest runners. Here’s five who went on to be true greats after first breaking through at the Commonwealths.

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3 Apr

Beast Forces Monster To Cancel Race

Monster Race photo

An unfortunate series of events led to the cancellation midway through the latest Monster Race in Devon on Sunday 17 March and the fallout looks to have forced the liquidation of the organisers. With more than 200 obstacle course races (OCR) listed in the 2018 calendar, where does this leave other promoters and potential participants in this increasingly popular genre?

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