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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…

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Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris on her gruelling 83-hour win: ‘I just had one job to do’

The winner of the brutal Montane Spine Race on how hiking with her baby helped her to smash the men’s record – despite having to express milk along the wayIt is Britain’s most brutal running race – 268 miles non-stop along the Pennine Way, from Edale i…

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How Parkrun’s 13 became five million and changed weekends for ever | Sean Ingle

Parkrun began 14 years ago and has now mushroomed into a heartwarming worldwide success story that is about to register its 5,000,000th runnerOn Wednesday somebody somewhere will become the 5,000,000th person to register for Parkrun. Think about that. …

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Why Ethiopia’s running success is about more than poverty and altitude

The strong record of the country’s athletes is often attributed to these factors, but hard work, planning and creativity play a key roleIt is 3.15am and I have just woken from a fitful four-hour sleep. I am already wearing running shorts and I quickly …

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Why Ethiopia’s running success is about more than poverty and altitude

The strong record of the country’s athletes is often attributed to these factors, but hard work, planning and creativity play a key roleIt is 3.15am and I have just woken from a fitful four-hour sleep. I am already wearing running shorts and I quickly …

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Reece Prescod: ‘Sometimes you just want to die, but you’ve got to keep going and keep running’

The UK’s top sprinter on smoked salmon before a session, his love of a good javelin competition and how his grandad’s funeral inspired him to get into the sportWhat have you been up to recently? I’ve been in Berlin doing some photo stuff with Nike for …

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London Marathon ‘impostor’ accused of claiming runner’s medal

Man pictured at finish with lost race number of charity runner who was removed from courseLondon Marathon organisers are investigating after it emerged that an apparent impostor may have used a genuine runner’s lost race number to collect a medal. Jake…

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Woman who blazed a trail for equality in marathons hits London’s starting line

Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially compete in the Boston marathon, will fire the gun on the elite raceThere are many differences between Sunday’s London marathon and the one run in Boston, Massachusetts last Monday, not least the weather.W…

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Runners brave freezing temperatures at Antarctic Ice Marathon – video

A handful of hardy runners brave extreme conditions and freezing temperatures at the annual Antarctic Ice Marathon, staged 600 miles from the South Pole. The first event took place in January 2006 and a race has been organised every year since. It offe…

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Runners take wrong turn at Venice marathon – video

This is the moment the leading group at the Venice marathon take a wrong turn about 16 miles into Sunday’s race. The leading motorcycle guiding the runners directs the group onto a busy highway. They cover several hundred metres before being made aware…

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‘We are as one’: the refugee team at the London 2017 world championships

The Athlete Refugee Team – ART – is a small group of athletes unable to live or work in their own nation. Scouted by Kenyan former elite runner Tegla Loroupe, the team first competed at the 2016 Olympics. Five members are at the London world championships. The athletes, who train in Kenya, are supported by the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation and sponsored by Swiss company On. These photographs were taken at the team’s training base

Photographs by Jordan Maddocks

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Eliud Kipchoge misses sub two-hour marathon by 26 seconds – video highlights

The Olympic marathon champion comes within 26 seconds of running a sub two-hour marathon at the Monza F1 track. Despite his best efforts, the Kenyan finishes his meticulously planned attempt in a time of 2:00:25, just missing the two-hour barrierEliud …

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Sub two-hour marathon attempt in Monza – live!

11.47am BST

Hello, good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today’s sub-two hour marathon attempt. Breaking two hours in a marathon remains one of the great barriers in athletics and today three elite runners – Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese – will attempt to go under this elusive mark for the first time. The event is taking place on a 2.4km loop of the Monza Formula One track in northern Italy where it will take over 17 laps of the circuit to complete the marathon distance of 26.2 miles. The action is due to get underway at about 4.45am UK time so put some coffee on, grab a carb-heavy breakfast and come join me.

Also, do have a read of Sean Ingle’s preview piece on the attempt below…

Related: Nike pulls the strings in Monza for attempt at sub-two-hour marathon

Related: Nike’s two-hour marathon project reveals technological inequities in sport

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London marathon runner reunited with finish-line helper

David Wyeth says he wouldn’t have got to the end without Matthew Rees’s help and he regrets having put himself at risk

A London Marathon runner who was helped across the finish line by a fellow competitor has admitted he feels selfish for having put himself at risk with his two young children watching.

David Wyeth and his rescuer, Matthew Rees, were reunited on Monday, less than 24 hours after they both completed the race in under three hours.

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How fast can we go? The science of sprinting

What makes the best athletes faster than the rest? There are years of research, discipline and training behind the 10 or 11 seconds it takes elite sprinters to cross the line. But have the men and women at the top of their game reached ‘peak sprinter’ – or will the human race run faster still?

The greatest race in the Olympics is the simplest. Eight runners, eight straight lines. A bang, an explosion of muscle and, less than ten seconds later, a winner. And all they do is run. No bikes, boats, vaults or horses – just one foot in front of the other. Yet, in those three dozen blinks of an eye, sprinters in the 100m perform physical feats so advanced that scientists are still trying to understand them.

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Paralysed, pregnant Claire Lomas finishes Great North Run in five days

Wearing bionic suit, former event rider began half-marathon on Wednesday and finished Sunday to raise funds for charity A paralysed pregnant woman wearing a bionic suit has completed the Great North Run five days after she started it.Claire Lomas, from…

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How runners Mary Decker and Zola Budd drove women’s athletics forward

Decker and Budd are perhaps best known for their collision on the track at the Olympics in 1984. But more than that, they were trailblazers for women in sport, and in running especially

For an arena that bills itself as “the greatest stadium in the world”, the Los Angeles Coliseum is badly in need of a facelift. Large cracks caused by an earthquake that damaged the arena in 1994 are still visible. Many of the seats used by spectators at the 1984 Olympics are unchanged, and look weather-beaten after absorbing 32 years’ worth of intense Californian sun.

Related: 50 stunning Olympic moments No30: Zola Budd in 1984 | Simon Burnton

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