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Athletics

  • The all-important tapering phase

    The all-important tapering phase

    The much-awaited Vodafone Malta Marathon, Half Marathon and Walkathon are closing in on us with only one week to go. Last Sunday, you should have completed your longest run or walk. It is now important to cut down on your training workload, mainly...

  • 2014 edition inspires 3,600 to take part

    A record 3,600 athletes and walking enthusiasts are expected to hit the streets on February 23 for the annual Malta Marathon, this year sponsored by Vodafone. Details about the 2014 Malta Marathon, now in its 21st edition, were given during a news...

  • Different objectives to reach

    Different objectives to reach

    More than 3,500 participants will verge towards Mdina Gate in two weeks’ time to embark on their adventure of the year – taking part in the Malta Marathon and Half Marathon runs. Some will run while others will walk and, possibly, jog but for for...

  • Pole vault queen Isinbayeva to return to training in 2015

    Pole vault queen Isinbayeva to return to training in 2015

    Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has her sights set on a third gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games but will not return to training until next year. Isinbayeva, voted Russian athlete of the year in 2013 and the ceremonial mayor of...

  • Radcliffe wants London swansong

    Paula Radcliffe would love to compete in one last London Marathon before calling time on her career. The 40-year-old marathon world record holder has been dogged by a foot problem in recent years which forced her to pull out of the 2012 Olympics...

  • Managing emotions on race day

    Managing emotions on race day

    This year’s Malta Marathon and Half Marathon entry shows another record of participants. So far, 600 have registered for the full, that is an increase of more than 100 from last year, and although the walkathon has decreased slightly, a good...

  • Make your miles count

    Make your miles count

    If you want to run, run a mile. If you want a challenge, run a marathon and if you want to make a difference in someone’s life, run for Inspire – The Foundation for Inclusion. Running or walking a marathon is no easy task. Even the half marathon...

  • Jeptoo faces tough challenge in London

    Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo will face a strong challenge for her London Marathon crown as the Olympic champion, the world champion and one of the greatest distance runners of all time line up against her on April 13. Olympic champion Tiki Gelana, of...

  • Veteran runner Debono achieves his dream in Hawaii

    Veteran runner Debono achieves his dream in Hawaii

    Alfred Debono has now established himself as one of the country’s leading veteran long distance runners, having taken part in over 60 major races in his career. Among the races he took part in, Debono travelled abroad for 22 full marathons,...

  • Bannister pacemaker passes away

    A former 5,000 metres world record-holder, who acted as a pacemaker to help Roger Bannister become the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier in 1954, has died aged 82. Christopher Chataway died at around 7am on Sunday at St John’s...

  • Take your run to new heights

    Take your run to new heights

    Astrid Fleri Soler The route for the February 23 Vodafone 2014 Malta Marathon and Half Marathon once again marks a few changes. The alterations have been effected to reduce traffic congestion and to minimise the inconvenience that may be caused to...

  • Farah set for marathon test

    Farah set for marathon test

    Mo Farah admits he will face a baptism of fire when he makes his marathon debut on the streets of London against a field which in-cludes the world record holder, the Olympic and world champion, the defending champion and the course record...

  • Pregnant GB star Ennis-Hill to miss Commonwealths

    Pregnant GB star Ennis-Hill to miss Commonwealths

    Jessica Ennis-Hill insists she can juggle motherhood and the intense preparation that will go into defending her Olympic heptathlon title in Rio de Janeiro. Britain’s London 2012 multi-discipline gold medallist yester-day announced that she and...

  • Never too old to run

    Never too old to run

    As I get older, I cannot help thinking about what is expected of us as we age. For some odd reason, women are judged on their appearance and keeping active becomes more important than ever as the years roll on. Menopause seems to affect many women...

  • Simpson says trainer to blame for positive doping test

    Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson, who tested positive for a banned substance last year, told a disciplinary panel this week that she saw no “red flags” before taking a supplement supplied by her trainer. Simpson, who faces a two-year ban if found...

  • Warming up for the big day

    Warming up for the big day

    With the Christmas festivities now over, the New Year brings along a season full of interesting races, some also leading to next month’s Vodafone Malta Marathon. Training preparations are now in full swing but one question that crops up with most...

  • Mellieħa AC runners Grech and Galea win races in Fleur de Lys

    Andrew Grech and Rita Galea were the winners of this year’s Fleur-de-Lys 10K races to complete a double for Mellieħa Athletic Club. The Fleur-de-Lys 10K and 5K races, organised jointly by Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club and the local...

  • Maltese endurance runner beats Mount Everest race challenge

    Maltese endurance runner beats Mount Everest race challenge

    Apart from my passion for running and music, books are another key factor in my life. But, a real story that dominated my thoughts recently, kept in-spiring me and this experience could also lift your motivation levels ahead of the 2014 Malta...

  • Herrera first home in UJ M2S

    Herrera first home in UJ M2S

    The Urban Jungle Mdina to Spinola race lived up to its reputation as a popular event at this time of the year when a full complement of around 600 runners took part yesterday. Mark Herrera (picture) was the winner when covering the 17.4km distance...

  • Chircop to bow out as MAAA head

    Chircop to bow out as MAAA head

    Long-time president Anthony Chircop is set to end his tenure at the helm of the Malta Amateur Athletic Association (MAAA) after announcing that he will not be seeking re-election in the 2014 annual general meeting. Chircop, who has been leading...

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