Japan elite marathoners target Gold Coast glory

gcamAustralia’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon will welcome one of the fastest elite marathon fields ever assembled in Australia, including a stellar Japanese contingent headlined by last year’s winner and equal race record holder Yuki Kawauchi and sub-2:08 marathon runner Arata Fujiwara on Sunday 6 July 2014.

Kawauchi’s title defence and course record are set to come under fire by the eighth all-time fastest Japanese marathoner Fujiwara who boasts three Tokyo Marathon podium finishes and a 2:07:48 personal best - 26 seconds quicker than his rival.

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Bigger not always better as runners chase Golden Gift in Leonora

leonoraIt may seem like the last place anyone would hold an elite sporting event but Leonora, about 730 kilometres north-east of Perth, proves bigger isn't always better.


The town of about 1500 people attracts some of the country's best runners each year as part of the Leonora Golden Gift. This was just the case at the 2014 event held on the weekend.

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Angela Bishop, Mark Beretta, Jane Flemming and former Wallaby Phil Kearns join thousands for the Balmoral Burn

balmoralburnTHERE were tears, buckets of sweat and plenty of aching muscles as thousands flocked to Balmoral to charge up one of Sydney’s streets for charity on Sunday.

More than 10,000 people tied up their laces and put on a brave face for the Balmoral Burn, a gruelling 420m climb up Awaba St that raises money for The Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

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Broken But Unbowed at The North Face 100: Courage to chill your nerves

A race report by Roger Hanney

 

In breaking news from the weekends extreme running event, The North Face 100 km Ultramarathon in the Blue Mountains just a couple of hours west of Sydney, many of the events 2,000 entrants witnessed one of the greatest acts of courage in recent sporting memory.


While that might sound extreme, consider this.

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IAAF World Relays - A podium finish and two national records on Day 1

IAAF WORLD RELAYSAustralian endurance runners have performed with pride on an exhilarating opening day of the inaugural IAAF World Relays in Nasssau (BAH), with the women’s 4x1500m and men’s 4x800m teams earning a podium spot and fourth place, respectively.

Inside an atmospheric and colourful Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, the quartet of Zoe Buckman (Vic), Bridey Delaney (NSW), Brittany McGowan (Qld) and Melissa Duncan (Vic) produced a gutsy team performance to stop the clock in third position in 17:08.65 and trim 1.10 seconds from the previous best-posted Australian team time from 14 years ago.

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IAAF Relays-Two more Australian records fall on Day 2 in Nassau

iaaf world relaysAustralia set a brace of national endurance relay records, claimed two battling fourth place finishes to placed a proud fifth in the overall team standings as the IAAF World Relays reached a rousing finale in Nassau (BAH).

Leading the way was the men’s 4x1500m team of Ryan Gregson (NSW, 3:39.1), Sam McEntee (WA, 3:44.9),Collis Birmingham (VIC, 3:38.3) and Jordan Willamsz (VIC, 3:43.7), who produced an epic effort to record a time of 14:46.04 and trim 0.88 from the previous best Australian mark.

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The Jacob's Creek Barossa Half Marathon

barossahalfThe 2014 Barossa Marathon, known as the ‘Jacob’s Creek Barossa Marathon Running Festival’, was held on Sunday May 25th

This follows a sponsorship agreement between Pernod Ricard Winemakers and organisers the South Australian Road Runners Club.

Donna Evans, general manager of the SA Road Runners Club (SARRC) said, “We are delighted that Pernod Ricard Winemakers will have naming rights to the event for a third year in a row.

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HBF Run for a Reason

hbfA record number of people took part in the fifth annual HBF Run For A Reason on May 25th.

Nearly 30,000 flocked to the city - some in costume, others decked out in serious running gear - for the 4km and 12km events that came to an end at Gloucester Park.

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Albie Thomas Rockdale Fun Run

abliefunrunThe Albie Thomas Rockdale Fun Run and Walk had a 5km run/walk and 1km walk starting from Carruthers Drive in Dolls Point, Sydney, on Sunday 25 May.

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YMCA of Canberra Half Marathon

ymcahalfThe 2014 YMCA of Canberra Half Marathon incorporated the 45th Annual Rex Foulkes Memorial Half Marathon on the weekend of May 17th and 18th. Rex Foukles, in whose memory this event is named, was a local distance runner.

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City to Casino Fun Run and Walk

citytocasinoTHE second-biggest field in City to Casino history hit the ground running in Hobart yesterday with 3967 people voting with their feet for fitness and fun.

With three events on offer, a small army took to the streets for Tasmania’s biggest fun run – the youngest a four-year-old in the 2.7km for kids 12-under, and the oldest runner an 11km competitor in his 80s.

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Wangaratta Marathon & Fun Runs Free Time Trial

wangaratta free time trialJoin in a free, informal Time Trial at Apex Park Wangaratta this Sunday 25 May. No entry fees or prizes, but times and individual splits for those that do the 10km or the Half Marathon will be recorded. All courses are accurately measured, along the Ovens River cycle and walking paths, with no crossings.

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