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STREETS AHEAD

BIRMINGHAM WAS AHEAD OF ITS TIME WHEN IT CAME TO MASSPARTICIPATION ROAD RUNNING
People’s Marathon: first run in 1980, the West Midlands event was specifically aimed at non-elite runners
PICTURES: MARK SHEARMAN

MOST people assume the birth of mass-participation road running in the UK came with the arrival of the London Marathon and Great North Run in 1981. But the previous year there was a forerunner to these events with the People’s Marathon in the Birmingham area.

Organised by local road running enthusiast John Walker, it featured 750 runners, rising to almost 2000 in the second year and 4000 after four years and was particularly aimed at fun runners.

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SPOTLIGHT 14 LAURA MUIR From beating the world’s best over 1500m to her stint at a dogs trust 16 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Former AAA 5000m champion and now successful coach Mike Baxter 18 PEOPLE’S MARATHON A nostalgic look back to a race which proved to be a real pioneer ACTION 20 BERLIN MARATHON Kenenisa Bekele just misses the world record in the German capital 22 SOUTHERN ROAD RELAY Aldershot, Farnham & District take senior titles in Bedford 26 NORTHERN ROAD RELAY Liverpool Harriers and Leeds take victory at Sport City 30 MIDLAND ROAD RELAY Charnwood retain women’s title as Bristol & West’s men are top PERFORMANCE 36 Sports science news 38 Athlete Insight – Sarah McDonald 40 Nutrition – boost your immunity 42 Products – base layers NEWS 6 No more buts for Bradshaw 8 English takes stock of tough 2016 10 Youth club break the mould 12 How Russia’s absence affected the Paralympics medals table PREVIEWS 56 Previews of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run and Cardiff Half-marathon, plus TV guide RESULTS & FIXTURES 44 Results round-up 57 What’s On – events coming up REGULARS 34 Young Athlete 61 Quiz – test your athletics knowledge 62 Dip Finish

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