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Athletics

  • 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...

  • Paralympic experience spurs Grech to push for higher targets

    Paralympic experience spurs Grech to push for higher targets

    Many athletes owe a lot to the Olympics. For some, the Olympics have been the launching pad for their athletic careers while, for many others, just watching the Games on television has been the spur that, as youngsters, encouraged them to start...

  • Mellieħa AC take men’s honours in FDL 10K

    Mellieħa Athletic Club stole the limelight at the 10-kilometre road running race organised by Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club last weekend in conjunction with the Fleur-de-Lys Administrative Council and the Birkirkara Local Council. The in-form...

  • Kenya’s Kiptanui calls for tough doping laws

    Kenya’s Kiptanui calls for tough doping laws

    Kenya’s three-time world 3,000 metres steeplechase champion Moses Kiptanui has called for tough sanctions on athletes who fail doping tests, saying “big money” was behind the cheating. Dozens of Kenyan athletes have failed drugs tests in the past...

  • Russian Federation calls for documentary material

    Russia’s Athletics Federation (VFLA) wants to see an unedited version of the material used by German journalist Hajo Seppelt in his documentary about alleged widespread doping in Russian sport. “The federation has demanded an unedited version of...

  • Doping claims are very serious – Coe

    Doping claims are very serious – Coe

    IAAF vice-president Sebastian Coe says if the current doping allegations in athletics are true then it will be a scandal on a par with those which erupted around Ben Johnson and Marion Jones’s positive drugs tests. An investigation is to begin...

  • Debono – 20 years of running

    Debono – 20 years of running

    In the last few months, veteran runner Alfred Debono has taken part in two overseas marathons to add to the list of races he has participated in since taking up running 20 years ago. Now a member of the New York Road Runners Club, Debono completed...

  • Mental preparation starts now

    Mental preparation starts now

    There are times when athletes work hard in the months leading to a big race yet find themselves disappointed with their performance on race day. This very often boils down to anxiety and lack of mental preparation. It is great to have a...

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