this weekend in the windy city of Chicago, Sara Hall is chasing history and will look to go out on record pace. Hall will have a bunch of pacers as well as a loaded elite field to aid her, including world half-marathon record-holder Ruth Chepngetich.
The World Athletics working group investigating the Nike road racing shoes which have revolutionised marathon and road racing times, is still deliberating over what limits to place on the carbon plate and foam technology and is unlikely to implement a complete widespread ban.
Athletics ACT, are initiating a new race concept in early Jannary, utilising the amazing Stromlo Forest Park for races ranging from 1km (junior) to 5km (senior). The races will be fast, as athletes cruise around the Stephen Hodge Criterium Cycling Circuit, at Stromlo.
On December the 6th, it will be 40 years since we saw one of the great performances in Australian distance running history, when Robert de Castella won the 1981 Fukuoka Marathon in Japan, in a world record of 2.08.18. De Castella – known worldwide as ‘Deek’ – beat the 12 year-old record of fellow Australian Derek Clayton by 16 seconds and launched a marvelous career. At the time, however, de Castella’s time was not recognized as a world record. More on this later.
Nike has shut down the Nike Oregon Project distance group on Thursday, October 10 2019. The Project was establihsed by Nike in 2001 to support long and middle distance running in America. Nike's co-founder, Phil Knight, always took a keen interest in the Project and was instrumental in its ongoing funding.
SYDNEY– Thousands of runners took to the streets of Western Sydney this morning, taking part in the extraordinary community fun run, NAB RunWest. Following a turbulent year in 2020, the Western Sydney community turned out in force, with over 4,000 participants crossing the finish line, marking the largest mass participation event in Australia since the pandemic first hit.
Ryan Gregson has continued his strong late year form, winning the Sydney Harbour 10km last weekend clocking 29:31, to defeat local hero Ben St Lawrence by 8 seconds. Gregson just last month won his first Noosa Bolt title. He is racking up the wins on the road before the track season gets underway. Gregson is no doubt building a tremendous base of strength, which will put him in good stead for the grueling and ultra-competitive 1500m and 5000m races that await him.
It's one of the most interesting courses on Australia's running calendar, with participants running past elephants and lions towards the finish line at NAB RunWest, Western Sydney’s largest community fun run which is back for 2021.
Olympian Jess Stenson (nee Trengove) competing in her first marathon in three years catapulted herself right back in the mix, clocking a PB of 2:25.13. Her time was amazingly the 4th fastest of all-time by an Australian and is the fastest ever by an Australian, on Australian soil.