Marathon

Italian “last chance” for marathon Olympics hopefuls

There's a ‘Last Chance Saloon’ for marathon athletes still hoping for an Olympic qualifier. It comes in the form of Sunday’s (April 11) Xiamen Marathon & Tuscany Camp Global Elite Race, to be run on a multi-lap course in Siena in...

Distance dreams of South African runner in tatters after Hamburg NN Mission move.

The marathon dreams of South Africa's Lesiba Precious Mashele have been extinguished by a COVID-19 logistics nightmare at the very peak of his athletic powers. The Central Gauteng athlete was to take on the NN Mission Marathon in Hamburg...

Peninsula goes virtual, no replacement for the wind

One of South Africa's oldest and most prestigious marathons, the Cape Peninsula Marathon, morphs into virtual format this year, following the lead of most of the country’s top road races. A February calendar slot meant the race took place in...

This week’s Comrades Marathon cancellation is a huge disappointment – and an opportunity.

Yesterday’s cancellation of the Comrades Marathon confirmed what most people had expected.  The faint hope of a late vaccination reprieve was extinguished by the “regret” notice issued by the board, largely due to complications relating to the South African...

African X trail run is back

One of the most exciting announcements in South African distance-running in recent months has been the confirmation that the AfricanX Trailrun is back. One of the best-loved trail events in the country by both elite athletes and social runners, AfricanX...

Kandie’s 21km time – is this a revolution?

by Stephen Granger Kibiwott Kandie’s world record-breaking run in the Valencia Half Marathon was a remarkable feat of distance-running. Kandie led three others across the line faster than his Kenyan compatriot Geoffrey Kamworwor’s former world record of 58 min 01 sec....

Valencia Marathon: It’s Kenya!

Catch the entire event, or skip to the best bits, on www.spnafrica.com Thirty two-year-old Kenyan, Evans Chebet, and his younger compatriot, Peres Jepchirchir (27), raced to record-breaking victories at the 40th Valencia Marathon this morning (Sunday 6 December) in record times...

How far can a person run in 24 hours? This ultra marathon star will...

Yiannis Kouros is a living legend.  The Greek athlete’s extraordinary feats of ultra-distance running defy belief.  Many of his records, set in the 80s and 90s, still stand.  But one, of which Kouros boasted would stand for centuries, is...

A Winelands marathon goes virtual

The Winelands Marathon has been one of South Africa’s most popular road marathons since its launch in the 1970s but, as is the case for many road events in 2020, has been forced to bow to COVID pressure and...

Edo 2020 Sports Festival gets Dec.03 date

The severally postponed 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) originally meant to take place in March through April 2020 in Benin City, Edo State, now has new definitive dates. The new dates for the multiple sports competition tagged Edo 2020 is...