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Athletics

  • MAAA Cross Country League for juniors

    MAAA Cross Country League for juniors

    The MAAA 2014-2015 Cross Country League for athletes born between the years 2000 and 2004 came to an end earlier this month with the fifth and final competition in the series. All the races were held entirely on grass and started and finished in...

  • Russia’s Isinbayeva begins her preparations for 2016 Olympics

    Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has begun training for the 2016 Rio Games after taking an 18-month maternity break. “I was not happy with my (bronze medal) performance at the 2012 Olympics in London. Now the time has come to...

  • Record trend maintained as over 4,000 runners enter race

    Record trend maintained as over 4,000 runners enter race

    The popularity of the Vodafone Malta Marathon continues to grow as the 2015 edition has again attracted a record turnout with over 4,000 runners registering to take part in this year’s race, to be held on February 22. This is the fifth successive...

  • Usain Bolt eager to re-establish sprint supremacy

    Usain Bolt eager to re-establish sprint supremacy

    Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt is eager to reassert his supremacy following an injury-plagued season in which American Justin Gatlin took over as the number one ranked sprinter. “I felt like I’d retired, the way people were talking about Justin...

  • Willis shatters Walker’s mile mark

    New Zealand Olympian Nick Willis ran the year’s fastest mile to shatter John Walker’s long-standing national record at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday. Willis powered home in a personal best of three minutes, 51.61 seconds to take down...

  • Dealing with pre-race anxiety

    Dealing with pre-race anxiety

    Some of the participants at this month’s Malta Marathon and Half Marathon will be vying for personal best times and a few others will set their sights on the top spots. For these athletes, anxiety may very well kick in prior to or during the race.

  • Savio College 10k race to be held on Sunday

    There are times when local long distance runners find it hard to practise at a traffic-free route with little to no built-up areas. On Sunday, the Savio College 10k offers just that – a picturesque route suited to all those who wish to participate...

  • Important rules to be observed

    Important rules to be observed

    The walkathon is a relatively new event in our local sporting calendar. In previous years, if one was not fit enough to run the marathon or the half, then taking part in Malta’s largest sporting event was not possible. The introduction of the...

  • Attard 10km race on February 10

    This year’s Attard 10km race, held jointly by the Attard Athletics Club and the Local Council, will be held on February 10. This race is considered as the most ideal event in the build-up to the Malta Marathon and Half Marathon which will be...

  • Pole vault legend Bubka to run for top job at IAAF

    Pole vault legend Bubka to run for top job at IAAF

    Former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka announced yesterday he is running for the presidency of world athletics body IAAF, taking on Briton Sebastian Coe in a battle between two of the sport’s greats. Bubka, who won an Olympic gold medal...

  • Trail Running League kicks off in Buskett

    Trail Running League kicks off in Buskett

    The sport of trail running is gradually gaining momentum on our islands with both complete running newbies and seasoned athletes participating in the various events on the local calendar. Clearly, the lure of seeing often unknown places and...

  • Useful tips ahead of the big day

    Useful tips ahead of the big day

    The Malta Marathon will be held on February 22 but we have to bear in mind that the final two days before the race will be very important. The final workouts, meals and logistical planning you do within these 48 hours can affect your performance –...

  • Body fuel... what to eat before runs

    Body fuel... what to eat before runs

    Fuelling for training is vital for optimal performance. Carbohydrate is the main fuel for training as well as racing. The body is only able to store a relatively small amount of carbohydrate which is why keeping it topped up is so important. How...

  • Powell tries new training regime

    Powell tries new training regime

    Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, who has struggled to produce his best form at major championships, believes a change in coach and a new approach to training will improve his fortunes. The sprinter who held the 100m world record between 2005 and 2008...

  • The running shoe technology

    The running shoe technology

    Beginners should be giving some thought to the running shoes and apparel they will wear on race day. Experienced runners should have hopefully done this already. Each year the Malta Marathon sees a substantial number of newcomers or walkers turned...

  • Kimetto and Kipsang to race London Marathon

    Dennis Kimetto, who smashed the world record last year, and fellow Kenyan and defending champion Wilson Kipsang, whose mark he beat, will go head-to-head for the first time in a mouthwatering London Marathon in April, organisers said...

  • How did it start and what’s next?

    How did it start and what’s next?

    When the Malta Marathon Organising Committee was set up in 1985 it was composed mainly of athletes and one official. The MMOC’s goal was to increase the number of those participating in road running. The truth is that I was pessimistic on being...

  • Running to the limit of your ability

    Running to the limit of your ability

    This article was written by John Walsh a few years ago, the week after the Mdina 2 Spinola race. Walsh was addressing his writings to runners only as in those days the Malta Marathon was not catering for walkers. However much of what he wrote...

  • Balzan, Borg top M2S race

    Balzan, Borg top M2S race

    Jonathan Balzan and Kristen Borg are the winners of the 2014 Mdina 2 Spinola Road Race which was held yesterday. Over 800 runners registered to take part in the 17.4km race that took participants fromMdina down to Spinola Bay in St Julian’s. St...

  • Eat the right food to run longer

    Eat the right food to run longer

    Some of you reading this article may have known John Walsh whilst others would have known of him. Walsh was a founding member of the Malta Marathon Organising Committee and until his untimely death three years ago contributed to Maltese athletics...

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