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Spirit Journey: one man’s role in a 6,000-mile run through North America

When Noé Álvarez joined an extraordinary ultramarathon he tested himself physically and mentally, while also connecting with his heritageWhile jogging on the spot, Mexican-American runner Noé Álvarez showed his passport to the border agent in Nogales, …

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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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Eight years, 24 women: how Wesleyan failed the runners it was meant to protect

Two dozen women runners spoke out about a toxic culture at our college going back eight years. No one heard us until we heard each otherLast week, 24 former members of the women’s cross country team at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University, myself among th…

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The running club giving asylum seekers friendship and sense of home

The Sanctuary Runners club was set up two years ago to welcome asylum seekers to Ireland. It now has 1,500 runnersBy Jonathan Drennan for the Guardian Sport NetworkFor many years the Irish journalist Graham Clifford travelled the world, reporting from …

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Kudos, leaderboards, QOMs: how fitness app Strava became a religion

The Strava app offers community, training data and motivation to millions of athletes. Even runners who dislike tech can’t bear to be without it. By Rose GeorgeOn Ilkley Moor in west Yorkshire on a Tuesday evening in May, 200 people milled about in glo…

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Sir Peter Snell obituary

Supremely strong middle-distance runner who was the last man to win 800m and 1500m gold medals at the same OlympicsThe New Zealander Peter Snell, who has died of a heart attack aged 80, was a colossus in the world of athletics who won three Olympic gol…

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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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‘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…

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‘All I want is to go’: five young athletes on their dreams of Olympic glory

It’s exactly a year until the torch is lit at the Tokyo Olympics. Here, five hopefuls reveal some of the sacrifices they’ve made in the hope of winning a priceless place in Team GBLina, 23, grew up in east London. She recently switched from 400m to hur…

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96-year-old Roy Englert runs 42-minute 5K to shatter age-group world record

Englert, 96, runs 5000m in 42:30.23 to set age-group recordVirginia native already held the records in 800m and 1500mRoy Englert, 96, added yet another world record to his collection at last week’s USATF Masters Outdoor Championships, running the 5000m…

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53C heat and melted shoes: is the 135-mile Badwater the world’s toughest race?

Welcome to the Badwater Ultramarathon: a 135-mile non-stop race over three mountain ranges in sweltering mid-summer desert heat with a vertical ascent of 13,000 feetAt 9.30pm on 23 July 2018, the second wave of runners lined up at Badwater Basin in Dea…

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Belfast City Marathon course too long, organisers admit

Officials estimated that runners had to run an extra 460 metres due to ‘human error’The organisers of the Belfast City Marathon have had to admit to runners and wheelchair athletes that the course they completed on Sunday was almost half a kilometre to…

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London Marathon runners ‘harassed’ to speed up

One of race’s official pacers also says there were no water stations for slower runnersLondon Marathon organisers are investigating claims about the absence of water stations, and slower runners being ordered on to pavements for failing to keep up with…

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What’s black and white and a record holder? I was a London Marathon panda

Despite a duct-taped panda head, I beat the record for fastest woman in a full-body costume by 25 minutesBreaking a world record while running in a panda costume. Raising over £1,000 for charity. Even getting a tweet of congratulations from Paula Radcl…

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What’s black and white and a record holder? I was a London Marathon panda

Despite a duct-taped panda head, I beat the record for fastest woman in a full-body costume by 25 minutesBreaking a world record while running in a panda costume. Raising over £1,000 for charity. Even getting a tweet of congratulations from Paula Radcl…

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British woman one of last to quit ‘toughest ultra-marathon’

Nicky Spinks, 51, pulled out of 100-mile Barkley race in the US, which no one finished this yearThere have only ever been 15 people who have crossed the finish line of the Barkley Marathons in the US – the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest twice – a…

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Going it alone: What drives solo endurance athletes?

From transatlantic rowers to cross-continental runners, solo adventurers rely as much on their mental strength as their physical attributesFew people have the will and the stamina needed to run across a continent or row across an ocean — and even fewer…

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Seven marathons in seven days: British runner sets record in global race – video

Susannah Gill has successfully completed a ‘crazy ambition’ – running seven marathons across seven continents in seven days to win the gruelling World Marathon Challenge.Along the way, the 34-year-old from London braved -35C temperatures in A…

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Why Iron Girl went down like a lead balloon

In the week in which Jasmin Paris won the 268-mile Spine Race, and women are winning more and more endurance races, a 5K night-time race for ‘women over 16’ had to be hastily rebrandedLast week Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile Sp…