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VERNON SHOWS HIS MARATHON POTENTIAL

THE RIO OLYMPIC 10,000M RUNNER IMPRESSES IN A RARE OUTING OVER 13.1 MILES

REPORT: JASON HENDERSON PICTURES: DAVID TYRRELL

UNTIL RECENTLY, Andy Vernon has always vowed not to run a marathon.

Renowned for his pace and strong finish on the track and country, he has always considered his tall, muscular physique to be unsuitable to racing 26.2 miles.

Now, though, he is warming to the idea, while friends and fans are urging him to have a go. His potential was clear last Sunday, after all, when he coasted to 63:32 in damp, breezy conditions over the half-marathon distance in Birmingham.

“I will do a marathon one day,” he conceded. “Maybe at the next Olympics, I could do one there. I’d like to go to Tokyo in 2020, but four years is a long time to stay healthy and I’m nearly 31 now so I’m no spring chicken anymore.”

He added: “I don’t really train for this kind of 13-mile distance. I find the last two or three miles hard so I have to dig in. I train more for 10-12km races and this is seven miles longer, so it is a lot more.

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SPOTLIGHT 18 JESSICA ENNIS-HILL Pictorial tribute to the London 2012 Olympics heptathlon champion as she calls time on her career 28 TRACK AND FIELD TOURS The travel company celebrates 25 years of taking fans to athletics events worldwide ACTION 40 GREAT BIRMINGHAM RUN Andy Vernon and Elizeba Cherono take half-marathon victories PERFORMANCE 32 Sports science news 34 Mara Yamauchi’s ‘killer’ session 35 Take time to reflect and recover 36 Dietary planning for athletes 38 Products – all-weather shoes A BRIT ABROAD 24 ROAD REVISIONS Tim Hutchings argues that road racing needs an overhaul NEWS 6 Jessica Ennis-Hill retires 8 Toni Minichiello queries KJT split NEWS FOCUS 14 Volunteers and legends honoured at England Athletics awards in Birmingham PREVIEWS 56 Great South Run and World Masters, plus TV guide RESULTS & FIXTURES 44 Results round-up 57 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 26 Your Say 30 Young Athlete 61 Quiz – test your athletics knowledge 62 Dip Finish
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