Why do Kenyans dominate long distance running?

Mary Keitany of Kenya won her third London Marathon this year, while fellow Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru, won the men’s race in 2:05:48. It’s no real surprise that Kenyan long distance runners once again dominated. For the last 15 years, the male winners have all come from East Africa (12 from Kenya, three from Ethiopia). The East African woman have been just as dominant too, in the last 8 years all the winners have been born in Kenya or Ethiopia, but why?

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The definitive guide to running the Half Marathon

Hal Higdon’s name is synonymous with running. As a contributing editor for Runner’s World and best-selling author, he has helped countless runners achieve their goals. Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training features everything runners need to know about tackling the half marathon. With 15 customisable programmes ranging from novice to advanced, it guides, encourages and paces readers to reach their goals. With advice for all levels of runners, it teaches readers how to get started with training, as well as showing where to focus attention, when to progress and how to keep it simple. Normal Price: £15.99 | €24.30 HK Rewards: £12.79 | €19.44 Find … Continue reading The definitive guide to running the Half Marathon

27 marathon target for Eddie Izzard

Comedian Eddie Izzard is running 27 marathons on 27 consecutive days to raise money for Sport Relief. But how does such an arduous journey affect the human body, asks the BBC’s Robert Spencer.

Izzard is running in South Africa, and each day of the marathon symbolises the 27 years former president Nelson Mandela spent in prison during the apartheid era.

Taking on consecutive marathons like this is classed as “ultra-running”, but in stark contrast to the British weather, the comedian will face temperatures of up to 30C. Even dedicated ultra-runners find difficulties in this heat.

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