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eNews 18 March 2015

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News - Bekele Out, Mutai In At London

BekeleKenenisa Bekele has announced his withdrawal from next month’s Virgin London Marathon due to an injury on his right achilles tendon. News of Bekele’s absence was countered by confirmation that Geoffrey Mutai, twice winner of the NYC Marathon, has been added to the elite field.

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News - Pavey Aims For Manchester Hat-Trick

Jo PaveyJo Pavey confirmed she will make a return to the road racing circuit and compete at the Great Manchester Run on 10 May. The European champion, who also took bronze at the Commonwealth Games last summer, will be aiming for a hat-trick of victories at the event having tasted success in 2007 and 2008.

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Runtalk - Marathon Dropout Need Not Ruin Your Year

GoalsAn estimated 40,000 people gain entry to the Virgin Money London Marathon every year. But only around 36,000 reach the finish line - that’s a 10% dropout for the mathematically challenged among you.

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Video Of The Week - Of Fells And Hills

Of Fells and HillsOur video of the week features American writer, photographer and trail runner, Rickey Gates, coming to the UK to explore the history of fell running. If this doesn't make you want to head for the hills then we don't know what will.

Watch the video here


Polls - Springtime Running

DaisiesSo far, our poll on springtime running shows 54% enjoy lighter nights, 14% think less layers and washing, 8% like more races on the calendar, 8% love spring marathons, 5% ditch treadmills for outdoors, 5% stick to their training programme and 8% have other views.

Have your say on our polls page


Race Listings

North London Half Runners are preparing to 'do battle' at Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday. A bumper turnout is expected as the race celebrates its 31st anniversary. In Hampshire, all ages and abilities are catered for at the New Forest Running Festival, featuring a variety of distances including a 50K, half marathon, 20-mile, and 10K/5K races.

Those lucky enough to have a place at London Half Marathon can get some training in at Brooks Fleet Pre London Half Marathon. The flat, undulating road run takes participants round Fleet and the surrounding villages with great local support

Check out race results and upcoming events on our race listing page.

Don't forget that you can also add your race's details to our event listings by signing up. Good luck to everyone racing over the coming week!

Spring Edition - Available Now

Southern Spring 2015 Cover

The spring issue of SOUTHERN RUNNING GUIDE is available from all our usual outlets.

You can look forward to an interview with ultra runner Dr Andrew Murray who tells us about the benefits of running and why he might just be embarking on his toughest challenge yet.  We also speak to elite runner Gemma Steel to find out what us regular runners can learn from her approach to the sport. You can also enjoy all your favourites such as our Running Log and extensive Race Listing.

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