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Man from Sidcup runs marathon in his garden

James Page, 36, did 873 laps and raised over £3,000 for Children With Cancer UK Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage A man in south-east London ran a marathon in his garden to raise money for a cancer charity after the governmen…

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Spring-heeled: concept that could see Usain Bolt rocket to 50mph

Prototype of revolutionary running device being worked on by scientists at US universityA wearable spring-based contraption that attaches to the legs has the potential to boost human running speeds by 50%, according to researchers who hope to build the…

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This Girl Can steps up taboo-busting campaign to boost female activity

• Advert will show women overcoming period pains and cramps• ‘We can shine a spotlight on issues that need to be talked about’The original This Girl Can campaign broke the mould by showing women of all shapes and sizes sweating to get active. Five year…

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Marathon efforts are increasingly normalised so cheats are trying to keep up | Simon Burnton

No wonder the demands of going the distance in this toughest of races still compels many to try to cut cornersAt the 1908 London Olympics entrants for the marathon had to agree that “a competitor must at once retire from the race if ordered to do so by…

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Finger flickin’ good: Subbuteo through the ages – in pictures

With Father Christmas’ visit imminent, no doubt many a christmas list he received will have featured Fifa 20 but in yesteryear it was Subbuteo that was the must-have football game for youngsters across the country Continue reading…

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Dave meets Marcus Rashford: ‘I rate you so highly, because you take football seriously’

The Mercury prize-winning rapper and the Manchester United striker discuss hype music, family and fameIn a hard-to-find studio in north London, there is a small encounter between two big names. Dave arrives first. The south London rapper, 21, moved int…

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Hannah Dines on going public with her labia surgery: ‘It started a big conversation’

The Paralympic cyclist wrote about the damage the sport had caused her. The article caused an outcry, others with similar experiences contacted her – and manufacturers finally began designing saddles for womenThe day after I wrote in the Guardian about…

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Women’s rugby in Morocco – a photo essay

Playing rugby as a woman in a Muslim country is not an easy task. Even in Morocco, with its more modern approach to Islam, the sport is usually regarded as being strictly for men. However, the women of the all-female rugby team AMAR (or Association Mar…

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‘It seems so simple’: can I cut it at the World Stone Skimming Championships?

I came with lofty ambitions. But I soon find out what I’m up against in this fiercely competitive sportThere aren’t many actual rock stars in the world of competitive stone skimming. But with his wiry frame, camouflage jacket and eyebrows thicker than …

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Pitch perfect: why vintage football shirts are a style game-changer

A heady mix of Drake, Liam Gallagher and nostaglia is moving the goalposts when it comes to classic kitsJust like fashion, football seasons are primed around newness. As well as players, rivalries and bids for the title, three new kits arrive for each …

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Eliud Kipchoge’s sub two-hour marathon – in pictures

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge makes history by running a marathon in under two hours in Vienna Continue reading…

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‘I kept going’: Nine-year-old enters 5km race … and accidentally wins 10km event

Kade Lovell took wrong route and won adults’ raceMother assumed son had gone missing during eventIt took nine-year-old Kade Lovell longer than expected to finish his 5km race in Minnesota, but only because he was busy accidentally winning a separate 10…

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Cycling world championships in Yorkshire – in pictures

The UCI road world championships took place in the Yorkshire dales amid relentless rainAbout 1,400 riders from 90 countries competed in the UCI road world cycling championships, which ploughed through the Yorkshire dales, culminating in Harrogate. Cont…

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Sir Bradley Wiggins: ‘My most embarrassing moment? Post 2012, I had a few hissy fits’

The cyclist on the birth of his daughter, his estranged father, and living life in the public eyeBorn in Belgium, Bradley Wiggins, 39, grew up in London. He became a junior world champion in 1998 and won Olympic bronze in 2000. In 2012, he was the firs…

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‘I was a dangerous person’: Casey Legler on life as a teenage Olympian – and raging alcoholic

At 19, Legler broke the Olympic freestyle swimming record. But she was also an alcoholic and drug dealer who had suffered years of abuse from her trainers. She is surprised she is still alive, she saysOne day, when she was a teenager, Casey Legler woke…

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Scottish golf’s biggest handicap? Its elitist clubs. But change is in the air… | Kevin McKenna

For too long a haven of petty prejudices, clubs are realising they must reform or dieIt’s difficult to be good at golf when you have a swing like an industrial digger gouging trenches. When I was young, I tried so hard to be good at golf. However, my J…

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Riding the Transcontinental: my saddle-sore sprint across Europe

The self-supported Transcontinental cycle race from the Black Sea in Bulgaria to France’s Atlantic coast is the toughest test of its kindAs I rolled along quiet lanes in the mountains of Serbia, a ferocious barking delivered a jolt of adrenaline and ca…

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Shanghai’s ostracised skateboarders – in pictures

Skateboarding will debut in the Tokyo Olympics next year. Despite this, those who are part of a growing scene in Shanghai, China, complain of being labelled troublemakers Continue reading…

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‘Bruiser! Bruiser! Bruiser!’: from school gate to fight club

Anyone can be a cage fighter, says a fitness program promising ‘the ultimate human transformation’ Julia Schaefer’s fight name is Bruiser. “Because I bruise easily,” she qualifies. “Not because I cause bruises.”But that’s probably not true. Continue re…

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‘No judgment. We just run’: inside San Quentin’s 1,000 Mile Club

Sport programs in prison are aiming to end reoffending. And the results are striking on both sides of the AtlanticMarkelle Taylor finished the 2019 Boston Marathon in three hours, three minutes and 52 seconds, a blisteringly fast time for a 46-year-old…