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THOMPSON DEFENDS

GREAT BIRMINGHAM RUN, OCTOBER 16

Winner last year: Chris Thompson

CHRIS THOMPSON is set to defend his Birmingham title but faces tough opposition from fellow Briton Andy Vernon.

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THE BIG FEATURE 14 CHARLIE GRICE The Rio Olympic finalist on the need to make the next big step up SPOTLIGHT 20 TIANNA BARTOLETTA The Olympic long jump champion looks back on a great 12 months 24 THE RUNNING BOXER British title contender Tommy Langford on why interval training is so important to him 26 MASTERS MARATHONER Dave Winch reflects on breaking records at over-70 level after an inauspicious senior career ACTION 38 NATIONAL ROAD RELAYS Cardiff and AFD win main titles at Sutton Park in Birmingham PERFORMANCE 30 Sports science news 32 Insight into Andrew Pozzi’s training 34 Products – trail shoes reviewed 36 Laying the groundwork for the winter NEWS 6 Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake on 2016 10 Runner completes 401 marathons 11 Great Scottish Run’s sponsor boost RESULTS & FIXTURES 48 Results round-up 56 Previews of the Great Birmingham Run and Amsterdam Marathon, plus TV guide 57 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 27 View From The Stands 28 Young Athlete 61 Quiz – test your

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THE BIG FEATURE
CHARLIE GRICE HAS MADE FINALS AT EACH OF THE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THE FIVE-TIME BRITISH 1500M CHAMPION TELLS JESSICA WHITTINGTON WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE THINGS UP ANOTHER NOTCH
SPOTLIGHT
LONG JUMPER TIANNA BARTOLETTA REFLECTS ON HER THREE GLOBAL OUTDOOR TITLES WITH STUART WEIR
BOXER TOMMY LANGFORD ON HOW HIS EXPERIENCE POUNDING THE TRACK HAS HELPED HIM PUNCH HIS WAY TO THE TOP
IAN MACMILLAN REPORTS ON BRITAIN’S OVER-70 MARATHON RECORD-HOLDER, WHOSE STORY IS ONE OF PERSEVERANCE
ACTION
CARDIFF AND SWANSEA FIGHT OUT AN ALLCELTIC BATTLE IN THE MEN’S RACE, WHILE AFD’S WOMEN HOLD OFF BIRCHFIELD
The drop-out was greater among the women’s clubs as just
SIX DIFFERENT CLUBS TAKE THE GOLD MEDALS IN THE YOUNG ATHLETES’ EVENTS
PERFORMANCE
IT does seem that the Indian summer we’ve been enjoying
CONVENTIONAL wisdom holds that abstinence from sexual activity can boost
EXERCISE scientists at Leeds Beckett University (LBU) are calling out
A REVOLUTIONARY knee sleeve designed by a university engineering student
WHAT: Capsules each containing a blend of 20 billion live
ANDREW POZZI TELLS EILISH McCOLGAN HOW HE GOT BACK TO HIS BEST THIS YEAR AFTER SEVERAL INJURY-HIT SEASONS
LONG RUNS ON VARIED TRAILS ARE DE RIGUEUR AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. BUT WHICH SHOES TO WEAR? PAUL FREARY DOES THE GROUNDWORK
TAKING STOCK OF YOUR WINTER SEASON AND PLANNING AHEAD IS CRUCIAL AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, SAYS MATT LONG
NEWS
I KNEW something strange was going on around Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
NETHANEEL MITCHELL-BLAKE IS LOOKING TO TAKE POSITIVES FROM EVERY EXPERIENCE IN A WHIRLWIND YEAR
SEB COE says he hopes the IAAF will be able
HARRY AIKINES-ARYEETEY plans to make the most of his natural
HAILE GEBRSELASSIE will receive the Association of International Marathons and
CHRISTIAN MALCOLM has been inducted into the Welsh Athletics Hall
ANNA CHICHEROVA has been ordered to return her Beijing 2008
RUSSIAN thrower Tatyana Beloborodova has been stripped of her 2012
EUROPE’S top throwers will kick off their 2017 in style
TWO banned Russian athletes took part in the Moscow Marathon
A BRITISH trio of Andy Vernon, Ross Millington and Chris
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ABRITISH runner has raised more than a quarter of a
THE WINNER of the 2016 Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon will
THE GREAT SCOTTISH RUN has extended its partnership with Bank
THE ENGLISH Road Running Association (ERRA) has been branded “pathetic”
RUNNERS are being encouraged to recycle old shoes as part
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RESULTS & FIXTURES
ALL over the world, Kenyans are dominating the major road
parkrun 5km ON the weekend she lost her British W55
Overall (16M/6200ft): 1 K Jones (Dark Pk) 2:15:52 (rec); 2
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Overall (10M): 1 P Hamilton (Slieve G, M35) 51:26; 2
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