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2 Dec

And Pigs Might Fly!

Ben EvansrunABC can well imagine the initial response when hyper-enthusiastic Hollie Light, Communications Manager at AAT Events, announced that the 2016 Hogs Back Road Race in Guildford would be sold out with 1,000 competitors. Well it seems that a drift of hogs have sprouted wings and Sunday’s (4 December) event is full apart from a few on the day places reserved for early risers.

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2 Dec

Spring Forward - Fall Over!

Falling runner cartoonOn the meteorological first day of winter (1 December) runABC writer, coach and athlete Alan Newman was out running with his partner Sue James on a well trodden River Medway towpath route in Kent when she tripped and very nearly fell. Once safety was assured for his loved one our Southern scribe was amused by the thought that with 'Fall' over we did not want anyone to fall over! 

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1 Dec

Bath About To Overflow Once Again

Bath Half CRUK runnerWith just over three months before some 15,000 runners are expected to toe the start line for the 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon on 12 March a new record has already been set. General public entries have sold out a month earlier than ever before and the only guaranteed route left into this highly popular race now is via one of the official charities.

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30 Nov

Steel and Butchart Top At Sefton Park

Gemma Steel

Charnwood’s Gemma Steel secured her fourth successive victory at Saturday’s (26 November) Liverpool Cross Challenge at Sefton Park. The event, which incorporates the European Cross Country Championships Trials, also witnessed an intriguing contest in the men’s field between Olympians Andrew Butchart  and Callum Hawkins, with the former (in a reverse of the 2014 event) coming out on top.

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29 Nov

Cyprus Delight For Dowd And Wintle

The start line at the Aphrodite Half Marathon

Runners from 21 nations as far afield as USA and Australia, plus a large contingent of ex-pats and visitors from UK competed in warm, sunny conditions in the 23rd Aphrodite Half Marathon and 5k in Paphos, Cyprus on Sunday (27 November). Local athletes took the major prizes but top UK veterans David Dowd and David Wintle were among the age group winners.

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29 Nov

Farah Available for Edinburgh XC

Mo FarahDouble-double Olympic champion Mo Farah has put himself forward for selection to the Great Britain team in the upcoming Great Edinburgh International XCountry on 7 January 2017. Farah finished second to Garrett Heath at the 2016 event, kicking off a year in which he successfully defended his 10,000m and 5,000m titles at the Rio Olympics, and won his third Great North Run in a row.

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25 Nov

250 Not Out For Richard

Richard Pitcairn-Knowles on his 250th parkrun

Richard Pitcairn-Knowles is a man of letters - 15 of which comprise his surname! Now he has a new accolade to add to his impressive curriculum vitae as he is the oldest owner of a 250 parkrun tee shirt in the world after setting his best time for Lullingstone last Saturday (19 November). 

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24 Nov

Still Room At Snowdonia

Action from the Snowdonia Marathon

Even though places for the Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon may have all been snapped up, those looking to take in some of the panoramic views of Wales’ outdoor capital will be boosted by the news that entries for the accompanying 10k and half marathon distances are still open.

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