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THOMPSON’S LEASE OF LIFE AS HIS BODY WITHSTANDS ROAD SEASON

Chris Thompson: the distance runner has a new-found level of enthusiasm after a strong autumn season on the roads
MARK SHEARMAN

FORMER European 10,000m silver medallist Chris Thompson says he has a renewed confidence and enthusiasm for running after the injury-plagued athlete came through a strenuous autumn road schedule unscathed.

The 35-year-old has battled back relentlessly from a seemingly perennial struggle against injuries – most significantly from an Achilles operation at the start of 2015 which threatened to put an end to his career.

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SPOTLIGHT 14 LONDON 2017 AW gets a sneak peek at preparations for next year’s World Championships – 13-page update 28 FAITH KIPYEGON Steven Mills profiles the Olympic 1500m champion ACTION 40 CROSS CHALLENGE Andy Vernon and Pippa Woolven take senior victories at Milton Keynes in series opener 46 MASTERS INTERNATIONAL Claire Martin inspires England veterans to victory in the five-way home nations tie PERFORMANCE 34 Sports science news 36 ‘Keep it simple’, urges Ross Murray 38 Products – the best sports gloves TALKING POINT 30 Mike Dagg-Jenden lays out the case for the best GB athletes of all time NEWS 6 Tributes pour in for AFD girls 8 Chris Thompson has new focus RESULTS 50 Results round-up REGULARS 32 Young Athlete 61 Quiz – test your knowledge 62 Dip Finish

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EDITOR’S LETTER
THE reaction to the tragic deaths of Lucy Pygott and
SPOTLIGHT
NEXT YEAR THE ENGLISH CAPITAL IS POISED ONCE AGAIN TO STAGE A SUMMER OF ATHLETICS LIKE NEVER BEFORE
NIELS DE VOS TELLS JASON HENDERSON THAT NEXT YEAR’S SUMMER OF ATHLETICS IS CRUCIAL TO NOT ONLY BRITISH ATHLETICS BUT TO THE GLOBAL SPORT GENERALLY
WHERE ARE THE GB MEDALS COMING FROM NEXT SUMMER?
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MUCH like London 2012, visiting teams for the IPC Championships
THE KENYAN HAS RISEN TO THE RANKS OF OLYMPIC CHAMPION OVER 1500M, BUT SHE AND HER COACH BELIEVE SHE CAN GO FURTHER UP IN DISTANCE, WRITES STEVEN MILLS
ACTION
ANDY VERNON AND PIPPA WOOLVEN TAKE CROSS CHALLENGE OPENING RACE WINS AHEAD OF THE EUROPEAN TRIALS
CLAIRE MARTIN AND MICHAEL HARTY WERE AMONG THE WINNERS AS THE TOP VETS FROM THE BRITISH ISLES GATHERED
PERFORMANCE
AS SOMEONE who has spent years studying and reporting on
YEARS of training can induce changes in the muscle structure
AS WE prepare for the inevitable overindulgence that is part
REGULAR exercise can help to prevent age-related hearing loss, a
REMINDERS about inevitable doom, gloom and death immediately before competition
What: A buckle-free belt made from 360-degree 3M reflective material
THE APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE HAS ITS PLACE IN MODERN TRAINING METHODS, BUT IT HAS YET TO PRODUCE MEANINGFUL RESULTS, ARGUES ROSS MURRAY
GLOVES THAT GLOW IN THE DARK AND WARD OFF WINTRY WEATHER ARE AN ESSENTIAL AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. PAUL FREARY LOOKS AT THE BEST
TALKING POINT
WHO IS THE TOP BRITISH ATHLETE OF ALL TIME? HERE IS ONE WAY OF ANSWERING THAT TRICKY QUESTION
NEWS
THE sad event last week has had a profound effect
THE 2016 AW U18 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD WILL BE MADE TO LUCY PYGOTT AND STACEY BURROWS, WHO DIED LAST WEEK
THE athletics community in Great Britain this past weekend mourned
MO FARAH will go up against two of the greatest
FORMER European 10,000m silver medallist Chris Thompson says he has
ANDY VERNON says he will likely prioritise the indoor season
PIPPA WOOLVEN says she’s forcing herself to take her cross-country
THE routes for the marathons and race walks at the
ADAM GEMILI is among six athletes to have been elected
ENGLAND Athletics Coach of the Year for 2008 and long-time
THE England team for the Armagh International 3km and 5km
THE chairman of Scottish Athletics is the latest to sign
JONNY HAY could follow in the footsteps of marathon legend
AFTER her historic performance at the Rio Paralympic Games, Kadeena
ORGANISERS of the Brighton Marathon on April 9, 2017, are
ENGLAND will send a team over to Melbourne to compete
RESULTS
ALMOST every league paid tribute to the two Aldershot athletes
MARC FENWICK won after being joined in the early stages
REGULARS
EMILY MOSS SPEAKS TO YOUNG SPRINTER AMY HUNT, WHO HAS DOMINATED HER AGE GROUP THIS YEAR
Men (8km): 1 D Stidder (BPH) 26:16; 2 D Hards
Men: 7MW: 1 D King (Col H) 49:48; 2 D
WELCOME to another in a regular series of quizzes and competitions for athletics trivia lovers. Milton Keynes kicked off the 2016-17 British Athletics Cross Challenge series on Saturday so here are some questions about the series
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