29 Dec

What A Year That Was

Alan Newman racing in Cyprus 2017

It is that time of year when we pause to take breath and reflect on the previous 12 months. Everyone else seems to have an annual review so runABC South news reporter Alan Newman (pictured) decided to take a personal look at the archives and select a few of his favourite stories, as he reports below.


The past year was highlighted by the London 2017 World Championships and a triumphant return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium. Sir Mo Farah finally proved he was human after all as he was defeated in a pulsating 5000m final, having earlier won his sixth world title in the 10,000m. 
It was the Newham and Essex Beagle who was the subject of my most exciting race report of 2017, when he left the world's best athletes sprawled on the track to win the Diamond League Final at Weltklasse Zürich in August. You can replay the incredible finishing stages of this race through this link to my report.
As an athletics coach, competitor and writer, I occasionally offer words of what I perceive as wisdom, often acquired through many years of sometimes painful experience! The weather in the south last winter was similar to this year – moderate, with some harsh spells. In January, much of the country was brought to its knees with some significant snowfall and this motivated me to address the thorny issue of whether we should run outside in such conditions in my piece titled:
The subject of headlines is an interesting one and I like to think runABC South readers have a good sense of humour as well as a shared passion for running and all that accompanies this wonderful sport of ours. Here are my three favourites with links to the stories in case you want to relive the moment or discover what was behind the headlines.
We look forward to keeping you informed and hopefully entertained in 2018. Feel free to let us know if there is an event or topic you would like us to consider for a report. All that remains is for me to say thank you for reading and have a happy and healthy running New Year.