April, 2009  // Posts published in April, 2009

27 Apr 2009 Posted in London Marathon

London 2009 revisited

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Yesterday’s London Marathon closed off the big marathons for the next few months, and we now get to look forward to the Fall season, with Berlin (times two, with the IAAF World champs there as well), Chicago and New York the highlights to come. But now might be a good time to look back over the last month or so of marathon racing, which has been enthralling and high quality. First came the “weekend that ...

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26 Apr 2009 Posted in London Marathon

London 2009 Race Report

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Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru has won the 2009 London Marathon, in a course record of 2:05:10, beating out the challenge of the two other Beijing medallists, Tsegaye Kebede and Jaouad Gharib. Kebede, third in Beijing, was one better this time, in a time of 2:05:20, with Gharib a further 7 seconds back. But it was the Sammy Wanjiru show, at least in terms of the final outcome, and the racing over the final 12 km. The other ...

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26 Apr 2009 Posted in London Marathon

London 2009 splits and pacing

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Check out the post race report, and a comparison between Wanjiru’s London win and Gebrselassie’s 2:03:59 at our Race Report Post HERE Below are the splits and a graph of the pacing used in the 2009 London Marathon, which was won by Sammy Wanjiru in a new course record of 2:05:10. Second went to Tsegaye Kebede in 2:05:20, third to Jaouad Gharib a further seven seconds back. Join us later for a full recap of ...

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24 Apr 2009 Posted in London Marathon

London 2009 Marathon Preview

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Boston has barely left our minds, and we have the prospect of what might be the best marathon race in history to look forward. London is always an insane collection of fast men. In recent years, they pulled in Gebrselassie for a debut, had him race Tergat and Khannouchi to a world record, brought the top four men in year after year, and last year produced the fastest, deep marathon in history when Martin Lel won ...

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20 Apr 2009 Posted in Boston Marathon

Boston 2009 Live splits and race coverage

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Boston result – it’s Salina Kosgei and Deriba Merga (with Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher bagging a pair of 3rd places) Men’s race The 113th Boston marathon has just finished. And it produced two VERY different races - for the men, a super fast start and race of attrition at the end, with Deriba Merga of Ethiopia claiming the title in a time of 2:08:42. Daniel Rono of Kenya came second, and Ryan Hall third for the USA. It was ...

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16 Apr 2009 Posted in Boston Marathon

Build-up to Boston 2009: Women’s race preview

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Tune returns to face a cluster of challengers in Boston’s women’s race Yesterday saw our preview of the men’s race, or at least, a run through of last year’s race and a quick glimpse at who will race this year’s 113th Boston Marathon. The real preview, along with some (precise) predictions will come tomorrow! But first, a look at the women’s race, taking the same approach as for yesterday – a look back and then ...

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15 Apr 2009 Posted in Boston Marathon

Build-up to Boston 2009: Men’s race preview

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Building up to Boston A look back at last year’s men’s race Well, as promised yesterday, we begin with a build-up to Monday’s Boston Marathon, which should be a great RACE this year, with Ryan Hall being brought in to spice up what has become a Kenyan parade in Boston in recent years. I emphasize “Race” because last year, the 112th Boston Marathon, became a solo run for Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya, when he blasted a ...

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13 Apr 2009 Posted in Marathons

Two Oceans Marathon

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As promised, a brief recap of the Two Oceans Marathon is the topic of today’s post. Many of you may have run the race (or the 21km), and are hopefully enjoying a well deserved day off work and off your feet today. There are few more beautiful races in the world, as I’m sure anyone who ran will testify. The Cape Town weather played along this year, providing a cloudless sky and ideal conditions for ...

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10 Apr 2009 Posted in Marathons/Rugby

Easter Weekend musings

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If it’s Easter weekend, then it must be the Two Oceans Marathon. For those not in the know, the Two Oceans Marathon is one of South Africa’s biggest running events, a 56 km ultra-marathon and a half-marathon around the Cape Peninsula. You can read my post about the race from last year here, including a profile of the course, and some comments. I won’t do the same this year, other than to say we’re in ...

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