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Female runners take on Iran's first marathon despite ban

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Two women ran the 'I Run Iran' 26.2 despite being banned by authorities.

Two female runners competed in Iran's first official marathon this Saturday (9th April), despite women being banned by the region's authorities. Local video journalist Bahar Shoghi tweeted that she'd seen two women race unofficially, taking on the 'I Run Iran' marathon alongside around 250 male runners. Race founder Sebastian Straten, who ... 

London Marathon 2016 Guinness World Record attempts

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
From a 20kg dinosaur suit to a hot dog, the fun runners will be out in full force at the London Marathon this month. Here are the best ones to look out for in the crowd.

A bus fleet engineer from Crawley in West Sussex, Ian Bates has created arguably the finest costume ever to grace the circuit. The 3D dinosaur suit weighs 20kg and has taken 18 months to create – spectators will be running for the hills as he roars towards the finish line. Charity: ... 

Ready, Steady, Mo! Running legend Mo Farah launches children's book

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Olympian Mo Farah has inspired a new kid's book that aims to encourage children to take up exercise.

Hodder Children’s Books has launched a picture book inspired by Olympic champion Mo Farah. Ready, Steady, Mo! was created with Farah’s input but written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Marta Kissi. The book will be in funny, rhyming text with vibrant illustrations, encouraging children to exercise and families to read together.  Farah ... 

Ethiopian marathon runner dies in road traffic accident

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Help is urgently needed following a tragic accident in Ethiopia.

An Ethiopian marathon runner has died and five other runners have been seriously injured after their training group was hit by a truck while out running in Sululuta, just north of Addis Ababa, on Saturday. 25-year-old Ashagre Girma died at the scene and his teammates Damtew Tilahun, Tamrat Worku, Teshome Hailu and Ashebir are all recovering ... 

Runner saves blind 80-year-old man after he falls in canal

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Neville Tyldesley was rescued by a passing runner after being discharged from hospital - can you help find him?

A runner in Manchester came to the rescue on Easter Monday after 80-year-old Neville Tyldesley plunged into a canal on Holland Street, the Manchester Evening News reports. Neville, who is blind and has dementia, had been discharged from the Manchester Royal Infirmary and sent home in a taxi, but ended up ... 

Eddie Izzard takes on 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Comedian Eddie Izzard is taking on another epic marathon challenge for Sport Relief 2016.

Comedian and running hero Eddie Izzard is in the midst of yet another impressive run streak, this time a 700-mile pilgrimage across South Africa for Sport Relief 2016. A tribute to anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist Nelson Mandela, Izzard plans to run a total of 27 marathons over 27 days ...  ... 

South African Wayde van Niekerk makes sprinting history

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Wayde van Niekerk sets a 100m‚ 200m and 400m hat-trick record.

South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk has become the first athlete in history to run the 100m in under 10 seconds‚ the 200m in under 20 seconds and the 400m in under 44 seconds. Van Niekerk ran 100m in 9.98 seconds in Bloemfontein on Saturday, adding to his 19.94 personal best ... 

Train with astronaut Tim Peake in orbit

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Run with British astronaut Tim Peake live from the International Space Station using RunSocial.

British astronaut Tim Peake invites you to run with him as he trains for the Digital Virgin Money London Marathon on-board the International Space Station (ISS). Peake will become the first man to run a marathon in space as he prepares to take on the 26.2-mile virtual reality treadmill challenge on ... 

Mo Farah to make world half marathon debut in Cardiff

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Mo Farah has announced he will be headlining the GB World Half Marathon Championships team.

Mo Farah has confirmed he will be competing at the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on 26th March. His debut appearance at the event, Farah currently holds the European half-marathon record. He hopes to break the current 58:23 world half marathon record, set by Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese in ... 

How tainted was the women’s 1500m at London 2012?

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
Six of the first nine finishers of that Olympic race have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs in the years before or after.

On February 29th, the IAAF announced that Sweden’s 2013 world 1500-metre champion, Abeba Aregawi, had tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended from competition pending the examination of her “B” urine test sample. News reports say she tested positive at an out-of-competition test early this year for meldonium, which was added ... 

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