lunedì 15 settembre 2014

Jo Pavey to run Richmond Olympic legacy event in Kew Gardens


Jo Pavey to run the Richmond Running Festival. Other celebrities include David Weir starting a Junior wheelchair event in Kew Gardens, Michael Shelley (Commonwealth games marathon gold medalist) starting the Visit Richmond Half Marathon. Other celebrities/ elite athletes of note: Chris Thompson, Beth Potter, Charlie Grice, Ross Murray and Charlotte Purdue. Olympic Legacy at it's best!
EVENTS INCLUDE: NIKE Junior wheelchair race, KEW GARDENS 10k and VISIT RICHMOND Half Marathon.
WHERE: Start of race Kew Gardens, finish Old Deer Park, Richmond.

lunedì 8 settembre 2014



I was in Newcastle this weekend for GreatNorth weekend and experience was absolutely fantastic.
Saturday arriving in city,i saw something unbelievable on the side with so many people assisting to street-athletics..a real emotion to see great stars competing with a crowd of people cheering to them very close! OFFICIAL REPORT and COMPLETE RESULTS OF GREATNORTHCITYGAMES


MEN'S MILE  WOMEN'S MILE  WOMEN'S 500m  MEN'S 150m  WOMEN'S 100m hurdles

MEN'S 110h


Thanks to racedirection,sunday i was on press-truck for women race to follow the race and experience was simply amazing for what i see as sport culture..still surprised positively.

It was amazing to see the impressive start with a tremendous organization careful to everything.
But it was the moment of the race so ready for presentation of top athlete few minutes before going.

A quite slow start for girls who went out in 15'55 at first 5k before Mary Keitany started to push in a tremendous way.
15'21" btw 5k and 10k for 31'16 and 46'38 at 15k for another impressive 15'22 as split on 5k.Slower last 5k for her in 15'48 but to understand last two miles quite windy for the flying kenyan.

Finish line was fantastic for me to see so many people waiting for the race so early before ready to supporting everyone coming

I have no photo of men of course but it is told me another exciting race where Mo Farah gave another show of his talent and went away with his training partner Mike Kigen before beating him in a close sprint last 200m 




LONG HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO  show a real exciting race both men and women.Mo Farah did the fastest british time by winning the most important road race in UK.


venerdì 5 settembre 2014

TCS Amsterdam Marathon: defending champion Wilson Chebet versus world champion Abel Kirui

TCS Amsterdam Marathon: defending champion Wilson Chebet versus world champion Abel Kirui

Defending champion Wilson Chebet and two-time world champion Abel Kirui are set to engage in a thrilling contest during the TCS Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday 19 October. Chebet is coming to Amsterdam with big ambitions. "I've set myself a goal. During my fifth race in Amsterdam I want to show that this is a 2:04 marathon course. I've taken small risks in my training to achieve this, and I want the wonderful audience and outstanding organisers to see it." The Kenyan can expect fierce competition from Abel Kirui, who won the world marathon title in Berlin (2009) and Daegu (2011) and also bagged a silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012.

The TCS Amsterdam Marathon has a special place in the heart of the 29-year-old Kenyan who holds the course record. "I feel at home and at ease in Amsterdam," he says. When Chebet crossed the finish line in the Olympic Stadium in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 36 seconds to the sound of loud cheering last year, he sliced 5 seconds off his own course record. Having stood on the highest podium no less than three times, the good-natured Chebet is now well known in Amsterdam. He set his personal record of 2:05:27 in 2011.

While Chebet is able to draw on his experience of the course, tournament runner Kirui can draw confidence from his world titles. The title of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon would be a welcome addition to the impressive list of events won by the dazzling and enthusiastic Kenyan. Chebet's compatriot has a slightly faster personal record of 2.05.04, which he ran during the Rotterdam Marathon in 2009, when he came third. This time, the 32-year-old athlete also has his sights set on a 2:04 finish. What are two of the world's best runners capable of on the fast course of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon?

Le Champion, the association that organises the event, has already announced that Ayele Abshero (Ethiopia) and Marisol dos Santos (Brazil) will be taking part. Having previously accomplished a 2:04 finish time (2:04:23), Abshero will also certainly be engaging in the battle for the title.

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giovedì 4 settembre 2014


First sunday of september and so many road races already.
Personally i think attention could be focused on Tilburg Ten Miles where on 10k women a very strong trio as Joyce Chepkirui,Betsy Saina and Emily Chebet with Margaret Wangari outsider.
In men (10 miles ) very curious to see Leonard Komon in this important test before marathon debuts..but not sure for success:Tsegay Tuemay,winner of last year in Tilburg is back and ready for battle as Bernard Koech
Men and women...two exciting duels!!

World Record Holders and Past Champion Highlight Elite Fields at 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

World Record Holders and Past Champion Highlight Elite Fields at
2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Kenenisa Bekele, 5,000m and 10,000m World Record Holder, and
Eliud Kipchoge Lead Men's Course Record Chase

Sub 2:20 Women Rita Jeptoo, 2013 Champion, and Florence Kiplagat,
Half Marathon World Record Holder, Ready to Test 42K Speed

CHICAGO - The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced that the 2014 elite competition will feature five men with personal records (PR) of 2:05 or faster, and four women with the potential to break the tape on Columbus Drive under 2:20.

"This year's field is built for speed and record-breaking performances," said Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. "We have big expectations due to this group of men and women who know how to race, dig deep and win."

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele (2:05:04) and Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (2:04:05) will rekindle their historic track rivalry on the road as both men chase the record books. Also in the hunt will be Kenya's Sammy Kitwara (2:05:16), Bernard Koech (2:04:53) and Dickson Chumba (2:05:42).

In the women's race, 2013 champion Rita Jeptoo (2:18:57) will face Kenya's Florence Kiplagat (2:19:44), Jemima Sumgong (2:20:48) and relative newcomer, Ethiopia's Birhane Dibaba (2:22:30).

The men's field
Kenenisa Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge began their competition on the start line more than a decade ago at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in the 5,000m. While the two men have gone head-to-head more than a dozen times in their careers, their biggest challenge on race day will be the course record, 2:03:45, set last year by Kenya's Dennis Kimetto. Only five men in history have broken 2:04 on record-eligible courses.

Bekele transitioned to the marathon this year after an illustrious track and cross-country career that produced four World Records (he currently holds the 5,000m and 10,000m records) and over 21 Olympic and World Champion titles. Similar to Bekele, Kipchoge transitioned from the track to the roads in 2012, and won his marathon debut at the 2013 Hamburg Marathon in a course record 2:05:30. He started his 2014 campaign with a win at the Rotterdam Marathon, clocking an even 2:05:00 despite windy conditions and uneven pacing.

Far from a two-person race, the 2014 field includes several men with the raw talent and right speed to join the quest for a new course record. Kenya's Sammy Kitwara returns to Chicago for a third time and brings something unique to this year's field: experience on Chicago's famously fast and flat course. Kitwara finished fourth in his Chicago debut (and marathon debut) in 2012, running 2:05:54. His speed over the half marathon distance - the fifth fastest men's time in history (58:48) - ranks him high among the list of potential winners.

Kenya's Bernard Koech does not have the longest resume in the field, but he has the second-fastest marathon PR, 2:04:53, from his marathon debut in Dubai in 2013; and like Kitwara, Koech has incredible half marathon speed. At the 2013 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon, he produced the fastest half marathon time run on American soil, beating Kipchoge by running 58:41.

Koji Kobayashi leads a strong contingent of Japanese runners. He started his year with a personal best at the 2014 Tokyo Marathon, finishing ninth in 2:08:51. Ecuador's Bayron Piedra rounds out the international field. The two-time Pan-Am Games silver medalist has little experience over long distances, but enough speed over 5,000m and 10,000m to clock a fast time.

The American charge will be led by former track star-turned-distance runner Bobby Curtis of Rochester Hills, Mich. (2:13:24). Joining him will be Craig Leon of Eugene, Ore. (2:13:52) and Tim Young of Fredericksburg, Va. (2:15:14). Hot off of his 25K American Record, Christo Landry of Ann Arbor, Mich. (2:14:44), is ripe for a breakthrough performance, and Matt Llano of Flagstaff, Ariz., hopes to stride past Ryan Hall's American marathon debut record of 2:08:24 when he toes the line for the first time.

The women's field
Defending champion Rita Jeptoo and her training partner, Jemima Sumgong, will return to Chicago this October. Jeptoo ran her first career sub 2:20 in last year's race, the fifth fastest time in Chicago Marathon history, and she returns this fall after smashing the Boston Marathon course record in April, running 2:18:57. If Jeptoo cracks the 2:20 barrier for a third time, she will become just the third woman in history to run three career sub 2:20s. Sumgong, the 2013 Rotterdam Marathon champion, stayed with Jeptoo through 35K during last year's duel and came home with a second-place finish and a new personal best of 2:20:48.

Out to prevent a repeat one-two finish by Jeptoo and Sumgong is Kenya's Florence Kiplagat, the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon champion and the 2011 and 2013 Berlin Marathon champion. Kiplagat pulled out of the 2012 Chicago Marathon with an injury, and she has made no secret of coming to Chicago this fall to improve her 2:19:44 personal best from the 2011 Berlin Marathon.

Twenty-year-old Birhane Dibaba stole the show at the 2014 Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon when she outsprinted Rita Jeptoo with 50 meters to go, winning in 1:09:34. Although Dibaba is the youngest competitor in the elite field, she has run six marathons. She ran her first marathon at age 18, and she has finished her last three marathons in 2:23 or under.

Amy Hastings (Providence, R.I.) leads a talented field of American women. Hastings, the ninth fastest American woman over the marathon distance and the fifth fastest over 10,000m, made her marathon debut in 2011 in convincing fashion, finishing second in the Los Angeles Marathon in 2:27:03.

Joining Hastings will be top American finisher at the 2013 Chicago Marathon, Clara Santucci of Dilliner, Pa., (2:29:54) and Becky Wade of Houston, Texas, dubbed America's best young marathon runner. Wade made her debut by winning the 2013 California International Marathon in 2:30:41. 2012 Olympian Lisa Uhl (Des Moines, Iowa), the seventh-fastest American over 10,000m, will make her marathon debut. Watching the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon from the finish line inspired Uhl to re-evaluate her career and ultimately make the move to the marathon.

Athlete quotes
"I am looking forward to coming to Chicago and competing with Kenenisa on the road this time. I chose Chicago because it has a fast course and I want to better my personal best. It's also one of the best races in the world." - Eliud Kipchoge

"I am coming back to Chicago for the third time. Chicago is a nice city and it has a good sports atmosphere. I will try to run the race of my life this year, and if God gives me the strength, my target is to run 2:04:28." - Sammy Kitwara

"I'm very excited to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this fall. The depth of the field this year is incredible. I'm looking forward to seeing where I stand against the world's best, as well as how I stack up against some of the top Americans. Chicago is an exceptionally fast course so I hope to lower my PB of 2:13 by a few minutes. I've been training well so I think I have a realistic shot at 2:10 or 2:11, on a great day, maybe faster." - Bobby Curtis

"I was supposed to compete in the Chicago marathon two years ago but was out due to injury, but I am happy now to be part of the competition for my fans and supporters. It is no retreat and no surrender for me; it's a do-or-die game‎ and I will give all my best to succeed and make the 12th of October a great day!" - Florence Kiplagat

"Running the Chicago Marathon has been my dream since I started running, and it will be my first big race. My goal is to win and run 2 hours, 20 minutes or faster." - Birhane Dibaba

"I can't wait to be racing through the streets of Chicago. As a notoriously fast course, I am out there to run a PR and compete with some of the world's best until the very end." - Amy Hastings

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mercoledì 3 settembre 2014




·         Protocol ceremony hosted by IAAF President Lamine Diack, Brendan Foster, Paula Radcliffe, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Haile Gebrselassie and Mike McLeod

·         Millionth Finish achievement officially recognised by IAAF's Athletics for a Better World programme


To mark the Bupa Great North Run becoming the first ever running event to reach a historic millionth finish, a spectacular Opening Ceremony will be hosted on the banks of the Tyne on Thursday 04 September.


The evening will also see the Millionth Finish achievement officially recognised by the IAAF's Athletics for a Better World global social responsibility programme.


Ahead of the annual run on Sunday 07 September, the evening will commence with a protocol ceremony hosted by the President of the IAAF, Lamine Diack, and feature some of the most legendary names in the sport.


Brendan Foster, founder of the Great North Run plus athletics royalty including Haile Gebrselassie, Paula Radcliffe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Mike McLeod will all be part of the milestone occasion and the unveiling of the first Millionth Finish flag.


Ahead of the ceremony Foster said, "We are delighted to announce that the President of the IAAF, Lamine Diack, will be overseeing the official protocol for the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony, celebrating Tyneside as the first ever host of the Millionth Finish.


"Such is the stature of the accomplishment that the Millionth Finish event is being included in the IAAF's Athletics for a Better World initiative, which we are enormously proud of."

Athletics for a Better World (ABW) was launched by the IAAF earlier this year and uses the universality of athletics to make a positive difference by helping to support and promote projects around the world in the fields of Peace, Social Inclusion, Environment and Health.


The Bupa Great North Run has, for many decades, given ordinary citizens from all over the world the chance to be inspired and motivated to use athletics as a way to become fit and healthy and, through charity support, to also generously give to others.

These achievements were the driving factors in the IAAF welcoming the event to the Athletics for a Better World programme. 


IAAF President Lamine Diack said, "Athletics for a Better World is a crucial initiative made up of a number of inspirational projects throughout the world aiming to encourage and promote athletics to millions as a way to create fit and healthy lifestyles.


"The Millionth Finish of the Bupa Great North Run is an extraordinary achievement which we welcome into Athletics for a Better World and I would like to thank Brendan Foster and his team for the phenomenal work they have done since 1981 to make this IAAF Gold Label Road Race not just an important fixture in world athletics but also a part of the rich Athletics culture in Great Britain."


Paula Radcliffe, one of the greatest female marathon runner of all time, has held the women's course record for the Bupa Great North Run since 2000. The Bedford and County athlete made her debut in that year and won in 67min 07sec, breaking the previous record that had stood for twelve years to the great Grete Waitz of Norway.


In 2003 Radcliffe set her stunning world marathon record of 2hr 15min 25sec in London and also improved her Bupa Great North Run record to a similarly scorching 65min 40sec. Both marks still stand unchallenged, eleven years on.


Now 40 and an Ambassador of Athletics for a Better World, the mother-of-two has become a popular member of the BBC television athletics commentary team that also includes Great North Run founder and Chairman Brendan Foster.


Haile Gebrselassie can lay claim to being the greatest male distance runner of all-time. The 41-year-old Ethiopian has broken an incredible 26 world records, at distances ranging from 3,000m indoors to the marathon. He has won an IAAF World Indoor title as a 1500m runner and two Olympic and four IAAF World Championship titles at 10,000m.


In 2010 he fulfilled a long-standing promise to Brendan to make his Bupa Great North Run debut in the 30th running of the race. He won in 59min 33sec, finishing almost two minutes clear of Kiplimo Kimutai of Kenya. He returned to Tynseide for the 2013 race, finishing third after a thrilling battle with Kenenisa Bekele and Mo Farah.


Mike McLeod was the very first finisher of the very first Great North Run. Fittingly a Newcastle man, the Elswick Harrier won the inaugural race in June 1981. The Olympic 10,000m silver medallist also won in 1982, and twice finished runner up in the race.


"It meant a hell of a lot to be the first runner home in the first Great North Run," said McLeod.


"And it means a lot now. To have the one-millionth finish in the race in 2014 is going to be a fantastic achievement."


No athlete has savoured more success in the Bupa Great North Run than Tanni Grey-Thompson. The great Welsh Paralympian reeled off two notable winning streaks in the women's wheelchair section of the 13.1 mile event: three in a row from 1991 to 1992, and then five in a row from 1995 to 1999.


That makes eight Bupa Great North Run titles in all, to go alongside the remarkable haul of eleven Paralympic titles she won between 1992 and 2004.


Now 45, the former Tanni Grey has become Baroness Grey-Thompson and was made a life peer in 2010. Tanni still plays a key part in the event, manning a water station just past the halfway point with volunteers from her local athletics club, New Marske Harriers.


During the Opening Ceremony, the flag will be paraded in two parts along the Quayside in front of the spectators. It will then be joined together to create a unified flag. This flag will be passed to each subsequent event to record their millionth finish and become a key part of celebrations around the world.   


This flag will be escorted along the Bupa Great North Run course on Sunday by members of the Royal Marines taking part in the event. It will then be raised in South Shields to congratulate the millionth finisher, in a presentation by Brendan Foster and IAAF Vice President Lord Sebastian Coe.


Tickets are on sale for the event subject to availability at priced at £12 for adults and £7 for children.



Notes to editors:

Athletics for a Better World (ABW) is the global social responsibility programme of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Launched in April 2014, ABW brings together individuals, projects and organisations committed to using athletics as a tool for social and sustainable development. The ABW mark is available to all athletics-led initiatives that deliver a positive contribution in the areas of health, environment, social inclusion and peace.


The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for athletics. Founded in 1912 at its first congress in Sweden, the IAAF has a total of 212 members divided into 6 area associations. It was established to fulfil the need for a world governing authority, for a competition programme, for standardised technical equipment and for a list of official World records.

Led by President Lamine Diack, the IAAF is responsible for organising many major athletics competitions worldwide as part of the World Athletics Series which is headed by the World Championships, as well as the Diamond League circuit, the IAAF Road Race Label series, and other IAAF permit events.


Bupa Great North Run Culture is an annual series of arts projects, events and exhibitions that celebrate and explore sport and art. Featuring film, photography, dance, drama, writing, participation projects and more, we use the world's greatest half-marathon as the starting point for commissioning exciting, innovative and accessible work, "...linking the worlds of art and sport in a unique and innovative way," Culture24.


The Bupa Great North Run is brought to you by Nova International and is sponsored by Bupa. Nova International, headed by Olympic medallist Brendan Foster also organise some of the biggest running events in the world, all based on the Bupa Great North Run, the world's leading half marathon with 57,000 entries in 2014. Nova International was established in 1988 and has a strong sporting pedigree. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Nova has established itself as a market leader in the world of sports marketing and event management.


Bupa is a leading international healthcare group with over 22m customers in 190 countries. This year Bupa's 'Your First Step' campaign will be inspiring people of all ages to take their first step towards a healthier and happier lifestyle.

For more information on how Bupa can help you prepare for a running challenge visit:


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The Port has achieved five years on record growth across its business which includes bulk and conventional cargo, car terminals, cruise and ferry, logistics and a portfolio of commercial property.


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