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NEWS:- 2013

25th Feb  - Road Running  - Britain's 10,000/5000m Olympic champion Mo Farah beat former New York marathon winner Gebre Gebremariam  in a sprint finsih to the New Orlean's Half Marathon to win in a British record breaking 1h0m59s.    report 1     report2
11th Feb - Orienteering - Thierry Gueorgiou (Fra) and Simone Niggli  (Switz) won all three preliminary events and the chasing start final at the Portugal O-Meeting.  For Gueorgiou it was a return to the top after injury spoiled his 2012 season. See results under main class heading at  Results
3rd Feb - Orienteering -  David Anderson (Swe), Amelie Chataing (Fra), Frederic Tranchand (Fra), Anastasia Tikhonova (Rus), Mja Lam (Den) and Philippe Adamski (Fra) were all winners over the three days of the Norte Alentanjo O-Meeting where big elite fields turned out for the first event of the European Foot O Season.   results
27th Jan - Orienteering -New Zealand's Chris Forne won the S Island Long Championship beating Norwegian world champs runner Oystein Osterbo into 2nd by six minures with his time of 1hy19m21s..  British internationalist Helen Palmer won the women's title by a four minute margin. results (m)    results (w)
20th Jan - Crosscountry - Australian Olympian Collis Birminham heads for his 6th World Cross Champs after winning the national trial at Canberra. But the team will be rich in new young faces. report
12th Jan     Crosscountry - Kids go barefoot in Borneo Cross-country trial.    report
 6th Jan 2013  Orienteering - Helena Jansson (Swed) and Fabian Hertner (Switz) were winners over the New Zealand dune terrain at the first of the World Orienteering Cup Series near Wellington. resultsreport
30th Dec   Orienteering -  A strong turnout at this weekend's pre- Oceania Championships which includes the World Cup Series opener sees wins from William Lind, Marius Odum, Peter Oberg and Tove Alexandersson.  Results
23rd DEC   Crosscountry -  World junior 5000m silver medalist Ruti Aga won the IAAF Lotto Cross Cup 6000m race in Belgium beating Ireland's European Champion Fionuala Britton into second.  The Ethiopian finished three seconds ahead in 20m48s.
1  26 Aga Ruti 94 ETH sen NA  20.48
2  21 Britton Fionuala 84 IRE sen NA  20.51
3  24 Gebriwoth Elini  ETH sen NA  21.20
4  40 Chepkwoni Caroline 85 KEN sen NA  21.24
5  3 Dejaeghere  Veerle 73 BEL mas AVR 25 21.31
6  41 Kosgei Cynthia 93 KEN sen NA  21.35
 Detailed results
16th Dec    Mountain Running - Olympic marathon runner Martin Dent won the Tour de Ridges mountain half marathon near Canberra beating Ozzie orienteers Rob Walter and Grant Bluett into second and third with his record time of 1h 18m 58s  report
10th Dec    Cross country - Italy's Andrea Lalli, already a title winner at junior and under23 levels took the senior title at the European Cross country Championships in Budapest. Report 1   Fionnanula Britton won the women's title for the 2nd year in a row and again led Ireland to team gold.  Report 2       RESULTS
2nd Dec  Cross-country  A field of 1200 (including a horse) turned out for a back-to-basics crosscountry race near Chicago in the USA.   report
26th Nov   Marathon - Scots doctor Andy Murray got his 7 marathons in 7 days jet setting tout de force of to a winning start with victory in the Antarctica Marathon. report
18th Nov Marathon - Turin marathon gained from New York's misfortunes as runners disappointed by the US cancellation put their training to good use in the Italian event.  They included world bronze medalist Sharon Cherop who won in Turin with a course record breaking time of 2h 23m 57s   report
11th Nov - Marathon - Kenya's Raymond Bett, who won the Athens marathon for a second time on Sunday, said that his hill running training was the secret of his success.   report 1    report 2    report 3

6th Nov Orienteering  - Bulgarian number one Kiril  Nikolov and Finland's Heini Saarimaki were overall winners at the Istanbul Five Day Event in Turkey.  Nikolov, who finished 6th in the long world championship,  notched up three wins and two second placings while Saarimaki went one better with four wins and a 2nd for her best resulst of the year..
- M21E (48)
Pl Stno Name YB Club S1  S2  S3  S4  S5  Time
1 643 Kiril Nikolov - Disl 82 BUL-152 SCO Lovech 1:11:35 1 46:06 1 34:24 1 39:55 2 31:50 2 3:43:50
2 635 Ivan Sirakov 88 BUL-152 SCO Lovech 1:18:11 2 48:05 4 35:55 3 41:53 3 30:37 1 3:54:41
3 71 David Lingfors 87 SWE-030 OK Linné 1:20:43 3 49:15 5 40:23 7 39:35 1 32:02 3 4:01:58
4 620 Aleksandr Kharchenko 84 RUS-165 Voronezh 1:25:17 5 47:43 3 35:39 2 47:04 12 34:32 6 4:10:15
5 48 Jakob Eng 77 SWE-019 IFK Göteborg 1:23:45 4 47:19 2 42:50 8 46:03 11 32:52 4 4:12:49
6 560 Håkan Svensson 63 SWE-161 Bredaryds SOK 1:25:19 6 55:00 11 39:46 5 45:46 9 34:52 8 4:20:43

W21E (16)
Pl Stno Name YB Club S1  S2  S3  S4  S5  Time
1 392 Heini Saarimäki 87 FIN-124 Angelniemen Ankkuri 1:08:08 1 47:08 2 35:46 1 38:49 1 36:33 2 3:46:24
2 364 Franziska Wolleb 82 SUI-111 ULU'S REISEWELT 1:21:09 2 42:07 1 42:09 6 43:31 2 34:29 1 4:03:25
3 358 Christine Stalder 80 SUI-111 ULU'S REISEWELT 1:28:03 3 51:10 4 41:54 5 57:37 7 37:09 3 4:35:53
4 49 Annica Eng 79 SWE-019 IFK Göteborg 1:31:57 4 1:04:38 6 39:49 3 43:31 2 38:23 4 4:38:18
5 80 Emine Sezgünsay 86 TUR-012 GATA DO?K 1:32:53 5 52:26 5 45:20 7 1:00:02 9 38:30 5 4:49:11
6 158 Natalia Khokhlova 79 RUS-057 Mos.compass-orienta 1:44:58 7 1:17:07 8 1:00:43 12 58:48 8 50:51 12 5:52:27

29th Oct Road Running - Late entry Stephen Mokoka played with the opposition before taking the Portsmouth Great South 10 Mile Run in GBR with a sprint finish. Time after time the S African surged away from the opposition only to fall back when no one would come with him. His final spring trumped the surprise break by Ayad Landassem to give him easy victory in 46m40s. Jo Pavey broke clear of the women's field to claim an easy win.   report
22nd Oct Orienteering - Sweden's Emma Johansson, ranked a lowly 61st in the world rankings, won all three open events at the North American Orienteering Championships at Delaware Gap.
W-21+ (28) Long
Pl NAOC? Name Club Time
1  Emma Johansson  1:01:30
2 Y Alison Crocker CSU 1:04:50
3 Y Samantha Saeger NEOC 1:10:50
4 Y Louise Oram GVOC 1:12:17
5  Iliana Shandurkova QOC 1:14:04
6  Elin Dahlin  1:19:57
W-21+ (36) 4.3 km 130 m 19 C Middle
Pl NA Eligible? Name YB Club Time
1  Emma Johansson 81  33:30
2 Y Alison Crocker 84 CSU 35:27
3 Y Samantha Saeger 82 NEOC 35:46
4 Y Louise Oram 84 GVOC 38:02
5  Elin Dahlin 81  40:14
6  Iliana Shandurkova 84 QOC 40:26
W-21+ (37) Sprint
Pl Stno Name Club Time
1 216 Emma Johansson  13:06
2 231 Samantha Saeger NEOC 13:42
3 208 Alison Crocker CSU 14:05
4 232 Iliana Shandurkova QOC 14:29
5 225 Louise Oram GVOC 15:13
6 218 Alexandra Jospe CSU 15:30
15th Oct       Roads - A tiring Kiptola Chumba (Kenya) held out to win the Eirnhoven Marathon in a course record breaking 2h5m46s.   reports
8th Oct     Orienteering - Soren Losch and Christine Trosse won the German elite long distance titles near Dresden. Losch went inside 6m/km on a 16.6km course that climbed 480m clocking  89:45 while Trosse broke 8m/km  to win the women's title by over 9m with her time of 77m52s for 9.9km.     results
01st Oct  -   Road - A stomach upset derailed Geoffger Mutai's World best bid at the Berlin Marathon but he held on to win in 2h 4m 15s..      report
23rd Sept -   Road   Kenyan 24 year old Leonard Komon won the Dam to Dam 10 miler but was a disappointed man as he failed to beat Gebrselassie's world best with his time of 44m 48s. report
17th Sept     Road    Kenya's Wilson Kipsang whose eratic Olympic marathon run saw him beaten into bronze surprised his opponents once again as a late sprint took him to victory in the Great North Half Marathon Run (Newcastle/England) report
10th Sept      Track  - Olympic hurdling chapion Aries Merritt iced the final of the IAAF Diamond League Series with world record breaking victory in the 110m hurdles clocked at 12.80s   report
3rd  Sept -    Mountain Racing - Eritrea's Petro mamo won the World Mountain Racing Championship title in Italy clocking 61m34s for the 14 km course which climbed over 1500m. There were three africans in the top four places.  reportmenwomen
27th Aug       Marathon - Zimbabwe's Brighton Chepere won the first Nelson Mendela Day Marathon in S Africa but with Struggle Hill and Challenge Climb slowing the pace he finished well down on his 2:12 best in 2:28:32.   report
19th Aug -    Orienteering - World champion Simone Niggli  won her national Swiss long distance title for the seventh time, over five minutes clear of the best of the rest.  report1GPS mapresults
12th Aug  -    Track - David Rudisha won the Olympic 800m in a world record breaking 1m40.91s leading from the gun. The field finished inside 1m44s - possibly the equivalent of the 10s 100m.   report 1    report 2    report3report4
6th  Aug   -   Track -  Mo Farah fulfilled British expectations winning the Olympic 10000m title in London.  report
30th July       Orienteering - Norway's world long champion Olav Lundanes won the prestigious Swedish O-Ringen five day event just over a week later finishing first in four of the five events and 2nd in the other.     result1result 2
23rd July  -   Orienteering - The Czech trio of   Thomas Diabaja (4th), Jan Sedivy (1st)  Jan Pochazka (not one of them in the top 35 of the world rankings) held off strong Swedish and Norwegian opposition to win the World Orienteering Championship relay title at Lausanne. Pochazka out sprinted long distance champ Olav Lundanes to win by six seconds.    report 1   report 2
16th July      Track  - Botswana 18 year old  Nijel Amos wins the world junior 800m title in 1m 43.79s     report 1        report 2
25th June -   Track - Kenenisa Bekele laid out his claim for a 10,000m presence at the London Olympics with a record breaking run in Birmingham -  report1report2
11th June    Track  - Kenya's world champion and record holder David Rudisha outclassed the opposition as he took the 800m in 1m41.74s at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in New York. report.
4th June -    Track - On a night of high speed running, Ethiopia's Abebe Aregawi ran a superfast 1500m at the Diamond League meeting in Rome to break her national record. Her time of 3m56.54s saw her finish almost three seconds clear and is the fastest for six years.
 Rome report
27th May   Track -  World hurdles record holder Dayron Robles fell to rising star and Cuban compatriot Orlando Ortega in Havana.
Ortega got the better start as Robles was one of several to have probles with a "faulty" start pistol.  report
20th May    Orienteering -  Switzerland's Simone Niggli made an impressive championships comeback after a childbirth break to take all three individual titles at the European Championships in Sweden.  middle dist,   long,sprint,  Other details and daily write ups at  Details
13th May   Track - The IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha provided a string of top class performances. But with Ethiopian ace Kennenisa Bekele finishing well off the lead in 7th place in the 3000m, is it too soon to question his running demise and no show on the Olympic podium.   meeting report
06th  May  Norwegian club Halden won both the men's and women's relays at the classic 10 Mila orienteering relays in Sweden.  Three hundred and thirty teams started out on the men's ten, through the night event. With most of the world's top runners in the field just two weeks before the European Championships, former world champion Olaf Ludanes brought Halden home on the final 17.2km leg to take the title for the first time since 2007.   results

29th April   It was that old aphorism -  everyone was a winner at Sunday's Manchester Marathon as the 8000? field battled against storm conditions - gusting wind and heavy rain. Dave Norman was first hoe in 2h 24m54s while  Rebecca Johnson was first women in 3h 5m 26s   Sixties marathon ace Ron Hill was starter.
 results (m)      results (f)
22nd  April  Wilson Kipsang, out to break the course record was second fastest ever in London with 2h04m44s. Two times winner Martin Lel was runner up in 2:6:51 as he came through from 5th at the 40km mark. Keitany surged just after the 20 mile mark and never looked like being caught. She clocked an African record time of 2h18m37s as she beat world champion Edna Kiplagat into second by 1m 13s.  report
 results

5th April       Orienteering - Easter weekend sees  major events in Sweden, Britain New Zealand, Czech Rep., Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Spain and Australia. Follow with World of O  link  (scroll down)
4th Apr        Track - Bernard Lagat will finish his Olympic 5000m buildup racing the Emsley Carr  Mile in London in July  Report
3rd Apr        Marathon- Norway based Ethiopian refugee, Urige Buta, trains in a tunnel. Report
2nd Apr        Roads - Italy'ds 100km world champion Giegio Calcaterra won the 39.3km Ron Hill Connemarra ultra marathon clocking 3h56m56s to finish 25m clear of the field.  Results
1st Apr         Road   - Only the fierce wind in Prague kept Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay from a world half marathon record, said his chief rival, after seeing his course record breaking sub 59m timing.  Report
31st Mar       Marathon - Ireland breaks the city marathon pattern with tomorrow's Ron Hill event in the Connemarra countryside. A marathon,, half marathon and a 39.3km ultra marathon are on the menu.  InfoPreview
30th Mar      Track  - Kenenisa Bekele takes the record of 1920's "Flying Finn" Pavo Nurmi for holding both the 5000m and 10000m world records at the same time. Report
29th Mar      Athletics- A busy championship weekend sees national title events in cross-country in the Ukraine, mountain racing in Russia, and road running in Spain, Switzerland and Montenegro. In addition, there is the Balkan Cross-country Champs in Turkey plus the Bratislava marathon and the Prague half marathon all on the European calendar.
19th Mar     Roads  - Deriba Merga (Ethiopia) and Kim Smith (New Zealand) went all out from the start at the New York City Half marathon but they didn't go fast enough. Report
18th Mar      Marathon - Kenya's Wilson Loyanae Ebuke, winner of the Mombasa marathon bettered his pb by almost four minutes winning the Seoul International event in 2h5m37s. The 26 year old led almost from start to finish. Report
17th Mar    Orienteering - World sprint champion Linnea Gustafsson is one of two top Swedish women heading for Scotland and the British Jan Kjellstrom International. She is joined by 2008 double world junior silver medalist Beata Falk, making a comeback after a season out of top level competition.   ReportReportReport
16th Mar     Roads - Kenya's Patrick Komon, world record holder over 10 and 15km will bid to better the half marathon mark when he races in Pargue on Mar 31st. Eritrean Zersenay Tadese holds the current record with 58m 23s.  Report
14th Mar - Track - A move by Kenyan Athletics to hold their 5000m/10000m Olympic track trials in the USA (sponsored by a shoe company) has been stepped on by their government. The people have the right to see the spectacle on a home track, they say.  report
13th Mar -  Orienteering - Orienteering gains Olympic connections today in Hong Kong.  The urban race starts from Olympic Square in the city centre park. The square was used for the opening ceremony when the SE Asia Games were held in Hong Kong.
16th Jan     Orienteering - Thierry Gueorgiou got the year underway with really fast runs in Portugal where he won both the middle and long events. Sweden's Tove Alexandersson went one better witha women's hat trick. Results
15th Jan - Cross-country - Former world champion Linet Masai (Ken) was runaway winner at the Italica Crosscountry International in Seville. She finished the 8km event in 25m42s to finish 18 secs clear.
European champion Fionnualla Britton was 8th in 28m54s. Results
14th Jan    Track  - Emirates 32 year old Fahad bin Breik is chasing an Olympic 10,000m qualifying time, The sub 29min man has been taking time off work to train in Kenya.Report
13th Jan       Cross country - Ireland's European champion Fionnuala Britton, winner in Edinburgh last weekend,  takes on the world's best at the Cross d'Italica in Seville on Sunday.  In a season without a world champs it could provide an indicator of the Irish women's Olympic potential.   Report
12th Jan   Track - New Zealand cross-country internationalist Andrew Davidson won the home straight sprint to take the Otago 10000m title by just a tenth of a second from Daniel Balchim, in Dunedin.  ReportBio
11th Jan       Road Running - Could you survive the Bermuda Triangle? This weekend's offer is three races in three days - a Friday Mile, a Saturday 10k and a half marathon on Sunday. In addition there is a full marathon on the Sunday on the programme. More
10th Jan   Crosscountry- The Big Cross weekend finished in Spain on Sunday with the Amorebieta International meet and victory for Kenya's 2010 world champion Joseph Ebuya.
The women's race turned up another surprise with the little known Eritrean Nazaret Weldu.  Report
9th Jan         Marathon  - Australia's former World Cross Champ Benita Willis bids for an Olympic qualifying time as she runs in the US Olympic trials in Houston on Sunday. Strong US and Easy African opposition will put her bid in perspective.  More
8th Jan  Trail - Markers were moved and arrows turned to face the wrong way at today's Sai Kung Mountain Marathon near Hong Kong. But the race carried on with Will Davies winning the tough 29km event in 3h 49m06s.   Report
7th Jan        Cross-country - World  1500m champion Aspel Kiprop (Ken) won the 3000m at the Edinburgh International Cross-country but it was British teenager Jonny Hay who attracted attention.
On the last day of the year, over the roads in Madrid, Ethiopian 17 year old Hagos Gebbreiwot   surprised with his sprint finish win against world cross silver medalist  Medhin (Erit), Today Hay failed to win but a late surge and a final sprint saw the European junior 3000m champion snatch second  ahead of olympic 5000m runnerup Eliud Kipchoge (Ken). Hay's smiles from the podium said it all. moremore
Crosscountry-  Edinburgh stages the second event in the Big Cross weekend with Kenenisa Bekele the star of the show.
 Report 1    Report 2   Report 3
4th Jan        Cross country - World Crosscountry champion Imane Merga tops the lineup in Italy on Friday when the Campaccio Cross-country International gets this weekend's big programme underway at San Giorgio.    Report
3rd Jan       Marathon -  With the entry lottery for the New York marathon underway (Monday) runners face an entry fee up by 20% or more. The overseas entry is now a whopping $347.  Report
2nd Jan  2012    Road Racing - Tirunesh Dibaba and unknown Ethiopian teenager Hagos Gebrehiwot won the final IAAF race of the year in Madrid. It was a comeback after 16 months for double Olympic champ Dibaba. But Gebrehiwot was the one to grab the headlines as the 17 year old beat world cross country runnerup Terklemmariam Medhin in a sprint finish.  Report
31st Dec    Orienteering  Yannick Micheils (3 wins) and  Czech Michaela Gomzyc Omova (2 wins) were overall winners at the Sylvester 5 Day even in Belgium  Results  while David Shepherd (4 wins) and Rachael Effney (3 wins) were winners at the Australian Xmas 5 Day.   Results + maps
30th Dec     Road Racing -  Double Olympic champion (5 and 10,000m) Tirunesh Dibaba makes her come back from injury at the San Silvestre Vallecana 10km in Madrid (31st).  The 26 year old last competed in London in Aug 2010 but she has had two years hampered by injury.  Read full report
29 Dec       Road  Racing - The final IAAF road race is staged in Madrid on the last day of the year. The San Silvester Vallecana 10K has attracted a record field of 38,000.
28th Dec    Orienteering -  Rachel Effeney makes it two out of two while David Shepherd moved into the overall lead with second day victory at the Australian Xmas 5 Day.  Results  with route gadget maps
27th Dec    Bare foot runner Nick Wightman won the Rip to River 10km race at Geelong in Australia.   Report2It was his second win in a row .  2010 Report
26th Dec    Road Racing  - European u-23 Triathlon Championship bronze medalist David McNamee finished runner up in the Ayrodynamic Boxing Day 10km at Ayr in Scotland. He finished 42s down on the winner Sturat Gibson (Cambuslang) with a down on best time of 33m14s.   results
23rd Dec         Orienteering - Boxing  Day (26th) sees 315 enthusiasts head for the Sylvester 5 Day event in Flanders. There are four classic runs and one middle distance on the programme. Entry on the day is available on the long (7km) and short (4km) courses for 6 Euros. Follow here
22nd Dec         Marathon - Former Olympic champion Mizuki Noguchi will run in next month's Osaka women's marathon but the Athens title winner faces stiff opposition Beijin medalist Constantina Dita also in the proposed lineup.  Report
21st Dec         Crosscountry  - Ireland's Euroepan gold medal winner Fionnula Britton relives her title winning run.  Report
19th Dec         Track athletics- World and European 5000m champion Mo Farah gets his Olympic year underway racing over 1500m  at the Glasgow Indoor meeting on January 28th.   Report
16th Dec        Orienteering - Some 3000 orienteers from 50 countries voted Thierry Gueorgiou (France) and Ida Bobach (Denmark) as competitors of the year in the World of O Achievment awards.   Report     with pics and interviews.
14th Dec         Trail Running  - Runners, badly burned when they were caught in an Australian bush fire are demanding that the authorities hold an inquiry. The Kimberley Marathon was organised by Racing Planet in Hong Kong. ReportsReport 2
13th Dec       Marathon - Women's London Marathon trophy holder Mary Keitany, and world champion Edna Kiplagat are in the strong Kenyan entry for next year's London Marathon. More
12th Dec        Road Running - Marathon ace Paula Radcliffe won a fast, if low key 10K road race in Monaco in 32m04s.   REPORT  (scroll)
11th Dec        Crosscountry   -  Belgium's Attelaw Bekele and Ireland's Fionnualla Britton ran away with the senior titles at the European Crosscountry Championships in Slovenia. But team gold for all three women's teams and the junior men, led British overall domination. Emma Pallant and Emelia Gorecka won the u23 and junior titles while the u23 and senior men's teams won silver.  Report
10th Dec        Crosscountry Lebid goes for Euro title number ten.  ResultsReports  GBRReport
9th Dec          Track - Australian internationalist Craig Mottram goes for a London 2012 quailfying time over 10000m at tomorrow's Zatopek 10 Meet.  Report
8th Dec         Orienteering - World cup winner and world championship gold medalist Daniel Hubmann is short-listed for the Swiss Sportsman of the Year Award. In Sunday's presentation he joins a formidable lineup which includes tennis legend Roger Federer  Olympic cycling time trial champion Fabian Cancellara. MORE
7th Dec         Road Running  - Britain's Paul Radcliffe has been selected for her 5th Olympics and 3rd Olympic marathon. With the British marathon lineup for London due to be finalised following the London Marathon in April, Mara Yamauchi and Scott Overall also gain early selection.  Details
6th Dec         Cross-country - Freya Murray, placed 3rd in the Gb trials, could be the dark horse in the British team at this weekend's European Cross-country Championships in Slovenia. Having worked her way back from injury earlier this season she has the big-raver pedigree that could stand her in good stead. Report
5th Dec        Cross-country Eritrean Kidane Tadese beat 2010 World champ Joseph Ebuya at Alcobendas. With Ebuya a victor over current champ Merga (Ethiopia) last weekend, Tadese, who finished runner up to Komon in in Llodio last week, could be the man to beat in the season ahead.  Report
 4th Dec       Road Running - A fast 14:32 5km burst gave Kenya first timer Josphat Ndambiri victory in the Fukuoko International Marathon in Japan. When the pace makers dropped out at 25km Ndambiri, a sub 27 minute 10000m man, moved in front, and dropped fellow Japan based Kenyan Joseph Mwangi with his surge. ReportResults
3rd Dec       Orienteering - Highland Perthshire is gearing up to host Britain's biggest event of 2012. The Jan Kjellstrom International weekend goes to Scotland next Easter. Report
2nd Dec      Road Running - There is a 5:15 am start for runners in tomorrow's Reggae Marathon at Negril in Jamaica as competitors from 11 different countries bid to miss the worst of the heat. Temperatures will be over 25degrees by 8 o'clock. website
1st Dec       Orienteering - Norway's 2010 world champion Olav Lundanes heads the entry for January's Big Five multi day event in S Africa. The 183 strong entry may be small by European standards but it includes runners from eleven countries. MORE
30th Nov   Trail Running - From Gorak Shep at 5184m to Namache Bazaar at 3446m, Sunday's  Everest Marathon lays strong claims to being the toughest in the world. The overall downhill course make all the demands of altitude and very rough going underfoot. See more at the marathon  website
29th Nov - Cross-country - Andy vernon and Hatti Dean, winners of the British trial at Liverpool head the team announced today for the European  Cross-country Championships in Slovenia next month. Report&Results
22nd Nov  Crosscountry - Britain's Steph Twell is reportedly hoping to compete at the European Cross Championships in Slovenia next month. The British trials are being staged in  Liverpool this weekend. Twell broke her ankle running crosscountry in January and missed the summer season as a result.  Twell is expected to race in Liverpool following a spell of training in Kenya.
20th Nov - Road Running - Haile Gebrselassie was in dominant form as he won today's 15km Zevenheulelenloop in the Netherlands. One of three running clear at 5km he was 10s clear as he went through 10km in 28m35s. He beat Kenya's Daegu Marathon runnerup Vincent Kipruto into second by half a minute after crossing the line in 42m42s. Results
Fellow Ethiopian Waganesh Mekasha won the women's race by over a minute with her time of 48m32s.
19th Nov  Crosscountry -  Kenya's Vincent Chepkok seeks his second win in two outings of the IAAF world cross permit series when he runs at Soria in Spain tomorrow (Sun). Preview
18th Nov  Road Running - Haile Gebrselassie and Japan's 2004 women's olympic marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi are in the lineup for Sunday's Zevenheuvelenloop in the Netherlands. Racing over 15km, the Ethiopian faces Kenyan's Vincent Kipruto (Runner up in Daegu marathon)  and David Tumo (5th in the Daegu) while Noguchi lines up against Mekasha from Ethiopia and Kenya' Elizba Cherono - both sub 32:30 runners over 10km. Details
17th Nov Orienteering - This weekend's two day Juniper Open in Hungary's Kiskunzag National Park near Szeged offers something unusual. 1. No sprint in sight, runners will have two long distance runs e.g. M elite 9.6km and 13km. 2 .The negative feature terrain is an unusual mixture of "fight" and open  - website maps and photos SITE
16th Nov  Trail Running -  Sunday's Toi Challenge run on New Zealand's north-east coast follows ancient Maori tracks, taking in beach, hinterland and historical Maori sites on the 18km course close to Wakatane.  MORE
14th Nov - Australian Lisa Weightman ran her 2:29+ Olympic qualifier in Frankfurt in her first road race for over a year
"The second half of the race my legs started to complain that I hadnít raced on the road in over a year!" she says. REPORT
13th Nov  Cross-country - Norway based Ethiopian Urig Buta won the Nordic X-country championship title at Eddevalla, finishing 18s clear of Swedens' Mikael Ekvall over 9km with a time of 27m12s.
International orienteer Jerker Lysell was 4th in 27:12.
Norway's Tone Hjalmansen won the women's 7.5k championships in 25:46.
12th Nov  Road Running  - New Zealand horse racing jockey Lisa Robertson has her sights set on a marathon place at the London olympics following her recent win in the Auckland championships. MORE
11th Nov Orienteering - The Venus Street International - possibly the most difficult, certaily the most famous urban-O event in the world takes place on Sunday.  Britain's Murray Strain heads the 166 strong men's field over 11km while Germany's Karin Schmafeld starts as possible favourite of 52 in the elite women's 8km event. MORE
10th Nov  Orienteering -   Rebellion against proposed world championship changes, continues to ferment amonst the world's best orienteers who earlier this autumn, signed a petition questioning the developments proposed by the IOF as reducing the stature of traditional orienteering.  Now (as reported by World of O)  they have asked Swedish Orienteering to back a drive towards separate sprint and forest orienteering championships in consecutive years. Details  Two IOF proposals are currently with national bodies for discussion.
8th Nov  Orienteering -  The international season over, the top Danes keep on competing. Signe Soes, Maja Alm and Tue Lassen are all entered for this weekend's Jaettemilen event north of Copenhagen. Details
7th Nov - Monday Piece -  Half a dozen hopefuls are ready to fight for a place in the British women's olympic marathon trio. London in May could be decision day.  MORE
6th Nov Cross-country - The European scene hots up with the first individual event in the Lotto Cross Cup at Mol in Belgium. Ethiopian Dame Tasama won the men's 9.2km eace in 28m12s - 21 s ahead of Belgian Lander Tutgat. (Britain's /Scotl's0 Derek Hawkins finished sixth. And in the women's 6.2k race Belgian Olympian Veerle Dejaeghere won 18s clear in 21:50.
5th Nov    Road Running - Australia's former world record holder Rob de Castella is at the New York Marathon this weekend, but not to run. The 1983 world champion has Olympic ambitions but not for himself. He is at NY for the second year in a row leading his team of indigenous Australian marathon hopefuls as part of a social work project. MORE
4th Nov   Orienteering - French legend Thierry Gueorgiou lost out to surprise winner Vincent Coupat in the French sprint championships but came back to finish the 3 Days in Provence undefeated. Details
3rd Nov  -Road Running - The ING New York City Marathon is the "big one" on Sunday. Check out the elite runners at Line up
           They include one time orienteer IsabellahAndersson. more
2nd Nov  Orienteering - It's tough at the top.  Leading Finn, Pasi Ikonen, reveals that he spent 650 hours in training last year. Maybe surprisingly, that includes sessions in cycling, swimming and hiking. But he spent 496 hours either orienteering or running, covering a total of over 5200km.  See  details
1st Nov  Orienteering - Elite competitors from 13 countries sign in today as they join the Turks at this weeks two continent 5 Day event at Istanbul.   Details
31st Oct   Road Running - Makau's recent world marathon record came under assault in Frankfurt when Wilson Kipsang ran another superlative time. He missed the mark by just four seconds. Report
30th Oct    Road Running- Pre-race favourite Leonard Komon (Kenya) (46:18) won the Great South 10ml Run in Portsmouth ahead of fellow Kenyan Abel Kirui..
But behind them in 4th place, Euro 10,000, silver medalist Chris Thompson was first British finisher clocking 48:07, one place ahead of Andrew Lemoncello (48:17) while new British marathon team contender Scott Overall was 7th in 48:23. Ireland's Alistair Cragg was 3rd in 47:14.
               Orienteering - Duncan Archer and Shane Ohly snatched victory in the two day/ 80km Original Mountain Marathon in Scotland by just over half a minute. On the second day, they came through from third to beat overnight leaders Tim Higginbotham and Chris Near into second with a total time of 10h56m50s. Adrian Davis and Alex Keith were veteran winners in 7th place.

29th Oct Orienteering - Thierry Gueorgiou, the ten times world title winner, heads the large entry for this weeks 5 Jours de Provence near Avignon. Today,  he runs in the sprint.  Details
28th Oct     Orienteering - Keswick's Steve Birkenshaw and Jethrow Lennox from Glasgow, runners up last year, head the elite field for this weekend's Original Mountain Marathon in Scotland. The 67 pair strong  elite field will cover 80kms over two days running in the mountains to the south of  Loch Tay. They will meet strong opposition from Tom Owens (Glasgow) teamed with Oleg Chepelin (Edinburgh)  and Doug Tullie (Edinburgh) teamed with John Rocke (Sheffield). Line up
27th Oct     Orienteering shorts -       ReportReport 2
25th Oct     Road Running - running the roads and marathon running in particular take their toll. With 14,000 people expected at this Sunday's Dublin marathon - medical services expect to cater for around 600 casualites says the Irsh Times.  REPORT
24th Oct     Orienteering - Simone Niggli continued her comeback running at elite level in the Swiss Grand Prix final on Sunday.
                  The former world number one who missed most of this year in the lead up to having twins was competing for the second time but on her first outing at elite level. She finished third in the 7.9km mass start race, 45 secxond down on the winner, Sabine Hauswirth in a time of 50m28s.
In the elite men's final, Fabian Hartner beat world cup winner Daniel Hubmann into second by 8 seconds over 9km with a time of 46m 27s.

23rd Oct     Orienteering - Ewan McCarthy won the Scottish League 11.3km dune course at Barry Buddon (Carnoustie) in 62m16s, almost three minutes up on Felix Spaeth (M20) from OLG Siegerland. Results
                  Road Running - Heile back on form in Birnmingham. Report
22nd Oct - This weekend hosts two marathons with a difference. The Polar Circle marathon in Greenland, including a stretch over the polar ice cap and other pretty rough going is run with temperatures around -5C. Website (see below) has some dramatic pics. Meanwhile at 8pm this evening in northern Spain, a field of over 3000 set out along a riverside route in the Bilbao Night Marathon (and half marathon).
 POLAR BILBAO
21st Oct  Road Running - Heile Gebrselassie, who arrives in Birmingham today,  is the star attraction at Sunday's half marathon in the city. But will he last the distance. Fingers will be crossed that the Ethiopian does not suffer another attack of exercise induce asthma which forced him to drop out the recent Berlin Marathon.
              Orienteering - Despite some notable absentees, this weekend's Home Countries International in S Wales is promised a strong turnout and promises a close run finish.
16th Oct Orienteering - Simone Niggli made a winning comeback at the Swiss Long Distance Championships. But the former world number one, who has missed most of the season as she waited the arrival of a twin addition to her family, won the short 4.4km short course title finishing seven minutes up with her time of 25m57s.
Sara Luscher was surprise winner of the elite title.
Matthias Kyburz coninued his breakthtough year by taking the men's elite title with World Cup winner Daniel Hubmann in third.

15th Oct  Orienteering - Three times world medalist Anders Nordberg won the Blodslitet (Blood and Grind) Norwegian Ultra Long Championship at Fredrickstad. After losing his early lead in this mass start international event, he worked his way back through to retake the lead just before half way. He finished almost five minutes up on 2010 long distance world champ Olav Lundanes with a time of 2h30m14s for 23.5km..
Swedish nineteen year old junior Tove Alexandersson rounded off a brilliant season with women's open victory. The winner of the World Cup middle distance event in Switzerland last month, clocked 2h 1m 15a for the 15.6km course and for narrow victory by just 41s.

14th Oct - Orienteering - Over 1400 are expected in Fredrickstad for tomorrow's (Sat) Norwegian Long Distance Championships - the Blodslitet - Blood and Guts or Blood and Grind. The mass start event for 170,000 Krona in prizes has the top men running 23.5km while the women tun 15.6km in the woods near Trondalen.  See   mapused in 2002.

13th Oct   Orienteering - Swiss mother of three Simone Niggli started the year as world number one but inevitably dropped down the rankings as she took pregnancy leave. Now, two babies (twins Anja and Lars) the better she makes her competitive comeback in Sunday's Swiss Long Distance Orienteering Championships.
But Niggli is not going in at the deep end. She gives the 11km elite course a miss at Les Pres d'Orvin north of Biel and runs the 4.4km short event instead.
Daniel Hubmann heads a star studded men's elite entry.

9th OCT  Marathon - A perfect run took Lilya Shobukhova to her third Chicago Marathon win in a row. "I put my performance today at 10 out of 10," she said. "I set a personal best, ran under 2:20 (2h18:20) - a Russian record, and qualified for the 2012 Olympics."
  IAAF report  ,   results
                               Melbourne was first marathon to finish on a busy marathon sunday. Kenyans dominated  yet again.
Japhet Kiphorir won for the second year in a row with Julius Karinga 2nd. While in the women's field Commonwealth silver winner Irene Mogaba while Margaret Njuguna "45 year old mother of 5" was second.
The Ozzie titles went to steeplechaser Peter Nowill and tri-athlete Kirsten Molloy who with three Ironman outings behind het=r this year found a marathon relarively easy going.  Report

8th Oct  Orienteering - British internationalist Matt Crane won the Australian Long Distance title near Cooma in New South Wales.
 The Sheffield club runner seemed to be running for silver until long time leader Rob Preston lost a minute at the 18th of 30 controls. He went another minute ahead when Preston dropped another minute at the next.
Crane's time of 1h22m30s bear Rob Walter into 2nd on 1:23:44 while Preston finished 3rd on 1:24:11.
Jo Allison, winner of the Oceania title last weekend, completed the double with  national championship success. She led from the 6th control on the women's 27 control course, where New Zealand's Lizzie Ingham dropped a minute she never manage ro recover.
Allison clocked 1h01m12s whiile Ingham took 2nd in 1:02:15.
Crane's Australian wife Grace finished 3rd in 1:03:15. Results at  winsplits

7th Oct Road Running - Kenya's Moses Mosop, who tan the world's fastest marathon on his distance debut over the downhill Boston course earlier this year heads the entry in Sunday's Chicago Marathon. www.chicagomarathon.com
But on a busy marathon weekend, the most picturesque outing must be over the part trail course around Kielder Water in Northumberland (UK).  Kielder Marathon

6th Oct - Road Running - Double World Marathon Champion Abel Kirui will race the Great South Run (Portsmouth UK) later this month. Britain's Chris Thomson makes his return from the injury which kept him off track this summer.  www.Iaaf.org

5th Oct - Extreme marathon - Competitors head for Augrabies National Park in the Kalahati desert where the 241km seven day S African Extreme Marathon gets underway on Saturday.
Last year's winner Dick Cloete (S Africa) finished with a running time of 23h26m02s runs again this year.
The course takes in 33km/ day 1; 31/day2; 41/day3; a mighty 74km on day 4;  Day 5-rest; 37/ day 6; 25/Day7.
For details and pics go to  www.extrememarathons.com

3rd Oct - Orienteering - Switzerland's men and Sweden's women dominate the World Cup rankings.
              The Swiss men, headed by Daniel Hubmann have five in the top seven of a list which sees them share the top ten with France (Thirry Gueorgiou 2nd), a Fin (Ikonen) in 6th, a Norwegian (Ludanes) in 8th and Swedes (Lysell and Holmberg) in 9 and 10.And so it continues - Austria (Kerschbaumer -11th) and Britain (Fraser 15th) are the only two other countries to make the top twenty.
There are nine countries in the women's top twenty but with Helena Jansson number one Sweden has four in the top seven.

2nd Oct  Marathon- Winners on a busy marathon sunday were Cologne- Samson Barmao (Ken) 2:8:53; Kosice- Elijah Kemboi (Ken) 2:11:13; Bodensee- Marko Kipchumba (Ken) 2:11:18 course rec.and Brussels- Paul Kiprtop (Ken) 2:14:51.
            Orienteering - Daniel Hubmann (Switz)  and Minna Kaupi (Finland) won the urban sprint finals to the World Orienteering Cup in La Chaux de Fonds. Hubmann consolidated his top of the table placing but it was 2nd overall for Kauppi.
With with double points on offer Sweden's Helena Jansson came through from 4th to take the title while Kaupi climbed from ninth to finish runner-up by just 20 points out of 300.

1st Oct  Orienteering - World Cup leader Daniel Hubmann, last out at the World Cup middle distance event in Switzerland, sprinted down the final slopes towards the finish area, home fans shouting him on. But he had left himself with all too much to do and double world champion Thierry Gueorgiou won the day.
The 13 second advantage he had built up in the first five minutes proved decisive for Hubmann, who was closing towards the finish, finish, ended up 13 seconds down on his French rival in 36m05s.
Swedish junior Tove Alexandersson was surprise winner of the women's trial beating World Champion Helena Jansson into second by almost one and a half minutes with her time of 33m16s.
 

30th Sept Orienteering - World Cup leader Daniel Hubmann enjoys home advantage as the World Cup series draws to an exciting climax in Chaux de Fond this weekend with Saturday's middle dstance leading into Sunday's final sprint.
With double points available, Hubmann could find his 148 point lead whittled away by French rival Thierry Gueorgiou, A double win could see the double world champion come through to join girlfriend Annika Billstam, the world long distance champion and women's world cup leader, on the top step of the podium - see   www.postfinancesprint.ch

19th Sept - Mountain Bike Orienteering - Erik Skovgaard Knudsen, Denmark, the current leader in the menís World Cup standings by a large margin, extended his lead and was crowned European Sprint Champion today with victory by 9 seconds. Marika Hara, Finland, previously joint leader in the womenís standings, is European Champion with a win also by 9 seconds. see IOF http://orienteering.org

18th Sept - Road Running- Kenya's Martin Mathathi and Lucy Kabuu were in a class of their own as they won at the Great North Run half Marathon on Tyneside,  England.
Mathathi - world 10,000m bronze medalist in 2007 and holder of the world junior 10 mile record with 44m51s, became one of only six men to run inside 59m for the distance. On what is admitted to be a down hill course he finished well clear of the opposition in a course record breaking 58m56s.
Kabuu made an early move and was never troubled. She crossed the line in 65m06s, the third  fastest for the course behind Paula Radcliffe.

15th Sept  - Orienteering - Double world title holder Thierry Gueorgiou is looking forward to next week's  World Cup event in Liberec where Saturday's middle distance will decide the chasing start in Sunday's long distance.
"It looks to be a great terrain", he says "I don't know yet how (fit I'll feel) when I show up
in Czech Republic..... but I'll try to get a good start with the middle distance as the course setters in Czech are always good at
making orienteering challenges. Then I will give my all for the chase start. I think it is going to be fun and I looking forward to it!Ē

13the Sept - Orienteering - Finland's Minni Kaupi says she is out to put a bad season beind her when she runs in the world cup in the Czech Republic in 9 days time.  "Usually have been quite tired of orienteering after WOC", she says, " but as the season has been so hard I'm more than motivated to get back in my best form and I think it's possible to get the form before Liberec.
I want to do best possible performances on all disciplines. Of course, the middle is my favorite, but this time I'm really waiting all the
competitions with hunger.Ē

11th Sept  Orienteering - Swedish Championships - It was the duel of the champions.  World middle distance champion Helena Jansson beat world long champion Annika Billstam to win the Swedish long distance title finishing over two minutes up with her time of 1h 21m 05s for 8.8km.

11th Sept.  Orienteering - Danish Long Distance Championships - Emerging star Signe Soes came out of top in a battle with Alm Maja to take her National title by 1m49s with her time of 1h13m 28s for 11.8km.

10th Sept  Mari Fasting (NTNUI) made it two out of two at the Norwegian Championships as she added the middle distance title to her long distance success on Thursday. She finished over half a minute clear with a time of 35m59s for 4.4km.
National team runner, Lars Skjetset (FROL) beat 2010 world champion Carl Waller Kaas into second by just one second as he won the men's 5.8km event in 36m47s.

8th Sept Norway's 2010 world orienteering champion Olav Lundanes (Halden) won his national long distance title today (Thursday). Clocking 6:44 per km he finished the 16.7km course in 1h32m45s to finish 3:44 clear of the opposition.
Mari Fasting (NTNUI), the 2005 world junior champion who finished overall 6th in this year's Nordic Tour, continued her return to form by taking the women's title 2:46 clear with her time of 1h 09m 26s.

7th Sept  Albania hosts its first international sports championship this weekend as the World Mountain Running Trophy is staged in the capital Tirana.
Africans have dominated the men's championship in the past two years winning all three individual medals and team gold.
On Sunday, the men's 12.7km course takes in three laps of a heavily forested cicuit on a 323m summit on the edge of the city climbing 799m in total.
The women run 8.59km climbing 547m.

4th Sept - Double indivdual world champion Thierry Gueorgiou (France) added the Finnish long distance title to his world successes of last month competing today (Sunday) but it was a near thing.
Running for Finland club Kavelan Rasti, Gueorgiou, who won the long and middle distance world championships on home soil, some two weeks ago,  before anchoring his national team to the relay title, ran a fast 1h 28m 56s for the 16.7km coures to finish just six seconds up on 2009 national team runner, Topi Anjala.
Problems continued for long time women's number one Minna Kaupi. In France, Kaupi, favourite for the women's long distance title dropped out after she failed to find the first control.
Today, Kaupi, who missed out on training earier this year due to illness, was beaten into second by Merja Ratanen who won long bronze at the Worlds..

Gueorgiou explains his success in an article on his website at  his website  http://tero1.free.fr     - "The more you miss the more you win"
 
 





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