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Category: Race Reviews

British Athletics Cross Challenge 2020

British Athletics Cross Challenge 2020 Race Review

The British Athletics Cross Challenge attracts quality athletes from the home countries. On Saturday 11 January 2020, Stirling’s Kings Park hosted a very wet and muddy series of cross country races. In this post, I’ll answer the question “What happened during the 2020 British Athletics Cross Challenge senior events?” and what lessons all runners can…
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15/01/2020 0
Jakob Ingebrigtsen

European Cross Country Championships 2019 – Review

The 2019 European Cross Country Championships was held in Lisbon’s Bela Vista Park on Sunday 8 December. The Portuguese capital city hosted seven separate races, with stand-out performances from regular cross country champions. In this post, I’ll answer the question “What happened during the 2019 European Cross Country Championships?” and what lessons all runners can…
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11/12/2019 0
Lelisa Desisa

Men’s World Championship Marathon 2019 – Review

On Sunday 5 October 2019, Qatar’s capital city played host to the second ever night-time marathon at the World Athletics Championships. In this post, I’ll answer the question “What happened during the 2019 men’s World Championship marathon?” and explore the important running lessons all runners can learn. What happened in the race? The men’s marathon…
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06/11/2019 0
Ruth Chepngetich

Women’s World Championship Marathon 2019 – Review

On Sunday 27 September 2019, the city of Doha was host to the first ever night-time marathon at the World Athletics Championships. In this post, I’ll answer the question “What happened during the 2019 women’s World Championship marathon?” and explore what lessons all runners can learn from this historic race. What happened in the race?…
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30/10/2019 0
2019 Chicago Marathon start line

Chicago Marathon 2019 – Review

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of six World Marathon Majors and has one of the flattest courses. On Sunday 13 October 2019, the American city was host to a new women’s world record and a highly competitive men’s race. In this post, I’ll answer the question “What happened during the 2019 Chicago…
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23/10/2019 0
2019 Great Scottish Run start line

Great Scottish Run 2019 – Review

The Great Scottish Run is one of the biggest running events in Scotland and attracts many elite athletes and recreational runners of all abilities. On Sunday 29 September 2019, Glasgow hosted stand-out half marathon performances from East Africans, who dominated the race. In this post, I’ll answer the question “What happened during the 2019 Great…
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16/10/2019 0
2019 Cardiff Half Marathon start line

Cardiff Half Marathon 2019 – Review

The Cardiff Half Marathon is an iconic road race for elite athletes and recreational runners. On Sunday 6 October 2019, the Welsh capital was host to some amazing Kenyan performances but sadly a runner also died after completing the event. In this post, I’ll answer the question “What happened during the 2019 Cardiff Half Marathon?”…
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13/10/2019 1
Dina Asher-Smith

British Athletics Championships 2019 Review

The 2019 Müller British Athletics Championships was set for explosive action. Many athletes were racing not only for their country’s highest accolades. A place on the Great Britain team for the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha in a months’ time was also up for grabs. The surprisingly hot and windy conditions at the Alexander…
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28/08/2019 0
Laura Muir

London Diamond League 2019 Overview

The Müller Anniversary Games at the London Stadium, East London, was the tenth Diamond League meeting of the 2019 season. There were a lot of impressive performances, especially from the athletes of Great Britain, such as Lynsey Sharp winning the 800m and Dina Asher-Smith clocking another sub 11 seconds for second-place in the 100m. Muir…
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24/07/2019 0
Sifan Hassan

Monaco Diamond League 2019 Overview

The second half of the Diamond League 2019 season continued at Monaco recently. Conditions were warm and windless in the city-state on the French Riviera. The glamour of the area was matched with some astonishing results. Give Your Best Only When You Need to As focused as athletes should be on the start line of…
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17/07/2019 0
Nelly Jepkosgei at Lausanne Diamond League 2019

Lausanne Diamond League 2019 Overview

The Swiss city of Lausanne was the location of the eighth Diamond League meeting of the 2019 season. The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee are also situated there. In the warm 27°C conditions there was every chance that the competition would heat up. Self-Belief Extends Winning Streak After winning all three previous Diamond League…
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10/07/2019 0
Caster Semenya at Stanford Diamond League

Stanford Diamond League 2019 Overview

Instead of Oregon’s city Eugene playing host to the seventh Diamond League meeting of the season, Stanford University in California was the location for the (Steve) Prefontaine Classic. Notable athletes shone in the sun at the halfway stage of the annual elite series. Top Honours for American Men Unsurprisingly there was much anticipation for how…
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03/07/2019 0
Rome Diamond League 2019

Rome Diamond League 2019 Overview

The Italian capital Rome played host to the fourth Diamond League meeting of 2019, last Thursday. More British superstars were challenging themselves early in the season and testing their recent block of training. Unfortunately the Brits had to settle for second place as the opposition outclassed them on the night. It is a reminder that…
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12/06/2019 1
Laura Muir at Stockholm Diamond League 2019

Stockholm Diamond League 2019 Overview

The Swedish capital of Stockholm hosted the third Diamond League meeting of 2019 last Thursday. The windy and chilly conditions made the racing more challenging. But the quality field still shone considering it is so early in the track season. Asher-Smith Triumphs Again After her 200m victory in Doha (the first Diamond League meeting of…
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05/06/2019 2
Baton at World Relay Championships 2019

World Relay Championships 2019 Review

The 2019 World Relay Championships last weekend was packed with drama. Unlike in usual athletics events, the constant baton changes between athletes proved the deciding factor in determining winners and losers. As a result the medals were never predictable despite the obvious world-class talent on display. Reasons for Imperfections   Nations with the very best…
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15/05/2019 0
Eliud Kipchoge winning the 2019 London Marathon

Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 Review

3 Lessons from the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon


01/05/2019 0
2019 World Cross Country Championships

World Cross Country Championships 2019 Review

The 43rd edition of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships was set to be a memorable one. 520 athletes from 63 countries were competing for titles in the Danish city of Aarhus last Saturday. The course, a 2km lap repeated multiple times, consists of constant undulations, with short sections of mud, water and sand. But…
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03/04/2019 0
Joyciline Jepkosgei at NYC Half 2019

NYC Half Marathon 2019 Review

The 14th edition of the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon was the biggest event in its history. Over 24,000 runners took to the streets of New York City last Sunday. There were also 9 Olympians on show as they made their way from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Despite the chilly early morning conditions, the racing was…
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20/03/2019 0
Sir Mo Farah at the Big Half 2019

Vitality Big Half 2019 Review

Both the men’s and women’s races were stacked with talent for the second year of The Vitality Big Half. This already popular event is also the British Half Marathon Championships. But many of the elite runners were testing themselves for the upcoming Virgin Money London Marathon. As the race unfolded last Sunday, appearances were deceiving,…
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13/03/2019 1
Laura Muir at European Indoor Athletics Championships 2019

European Indoor Athletics Championships 2019 Review

The 35th edition of the European Indoor Athletics Championships was set to be a thrilling 3-day event. Superstars of European athletics were on show throughout last weekend in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, including double-defending champion Laura Muir, the three Ingebrigtsen brothers and the enigmatic Karsten Warholm. The home crowd had huge expectations for Team Great Britain,…
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06/03/2019 1
Samuel Tefera at Grand Prix Birmingham

Grand Prix Athletics in Birmingham 2019 Review

The IAAF World Tour came to Birmingham last Saturday. The experienced international field were all looking to make their mark on the upcoming year with world leads. The competition was intense and ambitions high. But the overriding theme of the event was that others can truly make you run faster.   Oskan-Clarke Muscles to Victory…
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20/02/2019 0
Asha Philip at 2019 British Indoor Athletics Championships

British Indoor Athletics Championships 2019 Review

The 2019 British Indoor Athletics Championships, held in Arena Birmingham last weekend, showcased the best of British athletics. The two-day event did not disappoint. There were so many heats, semi-finals and finals that coverage was non-stop throughout Saturday and Sunday afternoon. There were storming wins for Laura Muir (in the 3000m) and Tom Bosworth (in…
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13/02/2019 1
Hillary Bor at Great Stirling Cross Country 2019

Great Stirling Cross Country 2019 Race Review

Although cold, conditions in central Scotland last Saturday were dry. Coupled with the fast, flat (for the most part) golf course, the Simplyhealth Great Stirling Cross Country races suited track runners best. The 3-team competition may not have resulted in a massive field of runners. But the rivalries were evident and promised intense racing over…
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16/01/2019 1
Filip Ingebrigtsen Winning Cross Country Championship 2018

Elite Champions at 2018 European Cross Country Championships

The three lessons that every runner should appreciate, on display at the 2018 Cross Country Championships in Tilburg, the Netherlands.


12/12/2018 2
Abraham Kiptum's World Record

4 Reasons for the New 2018 World Half Marathon Record

Despite the astonishing achievement I analyse why Kenyan Abraham Kiptum had many factors in his favour as he broke the long-standing half marathon world record.


14/11/2018 0
Mary Keitany winning NYC Marathon 2018

Waiting to Pounce at 2018 NYC Marathon

Read how the elite men and women fared during the 2018 New York City Marathon, and some tips every runner can apply.


07/11/2018 2
Eilish McColgan's Win at Great South Run 2018

Pacing, Surging and Pain at 2018 Great South Run

Read the battles between British athletes during the 2018 Great South Run, and the lessons all runners can learn.


31/10/2018 0
Mo Farah at Bank of America Chicago Marathon

4 Reasons Mo Farah Won 2018 Chicago Marathon

Read the four main reasons I believe Britain’s Mo Farah claimed the prestigious marathon major title in Chicago.


17/10/2018 1
Commonwealth Half Marathon Championship

3 Lessons from 2018 Commonwealth Half Marathon

Discover my three running tips highlighted by the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon in Cardiff.


10/10/2018 2