Video – Season 2 – Episode 7 — Who is the World’s Greatest Runner?

running-advice-bugWell runners, it’s time for another gripping episode of our Running Advice and News video series. This week Coaches Joe and Dean get into it: who is the world’s greatest runner? A great debate topic? Well that’s what we like!

So do the coaches agree or disagree on this very subjective topic?

Well, we’ll say that they seem to agree on the number one spot on the list. But after that it’s not so clear.

Who is the world’s greatest runner? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

To watch the video, just click the play button in the video window below.

Season 2 – Episode 7 — World’s Greatest Runner from Joe English on Vimeo.

Season 2 will bring you 30 more episodes so stay tuned every Thursday on Vimeo, Facebook (find our FanPage by searching Running Advice and News on Facebook) and on www.running-advice.com.

To visit our video pages with links to all of the episodes in the series, go to:
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Races — Keflezgihi and Tulu win 2009 ING New York Marathon

running-advice-bugThe 2009 ING New York Marathon, the world’s biggest marathon, was full of surprises and drama as it took to the streets of New York today. American distance running was the clear winner today as the US Marathon Championships showcased the best that American distance running has to offer — and it doesn’t get much better than it was today.

Runners cross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge

Runners cross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge

American Meb Keflezighi won the race in a new personal best 2:09:15, pulling away from the elite international field in the 23rd mile to win the race by 41 seconds. He becomes the first American runner to win the New York City Marathon since 1982. Ryan Hall finished fourth. Including Keflezighi and Hall, a total of 6 Americans finished in the top 10 for the first time 1979. Keflezighi was the winner of the Silver Medal in the Marathon at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

In the women’s race, world record holder Paula Radcliffe felt a twinge in her knee at mile 11 and hung on with the field, but couldn’t keep up with the surging pace at mile 22. Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia went on to win the women’s race in 2:28:52. Radcliffe finished fourth.

Keflezighi pulled away from four-time Boston Marathon winner Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya in the 23rd mile and built a 41 seconds gap over the last 3 miles of the race.

NYC SpectatorA record 44,000 runners started the race today, which was run under cool conditions and light rain and winds early in the day. The rain let up near the start of the race and temperatures were in the mid-50s with cloudy skies throughout the day.

We’ll have more coverage coming soon as we compile our notes from the day.

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Races — Will Radcliffe three-peat at ING New York City Marathon?

running-advice-bugNew York, NY — Three-time ING New York City Marathon champion and marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain will return to the New York streets to defend her title at the ING New York City Marathon 2009 on Sunday, November 1.

Paula Radcliffe at NYC 2007

Paula Radcliffe at NYC 2007

“I am really excited to be returning to New York this year for the marathon,” said Radcliffe. “With it being the 40th running, I am sure the atmosphere and the quality of the race will be extra special and I am looking forward to racing and having fun. New York holds so many inspiring and happy memories for me. I want to continue adding memories for many years to come.”

Radcliffe, who was sidelined with a foot injury earlier this year, withdrew from the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in August due to lack of preparation. After having bunion surgery in March, Radcliffe made her first start of the year by winning the NYC Half-Marathon in August for her seventh straight road race victory in New York City.

“This is uncharted territory. New York hasn’t had a four-time champion runner since the great Grete Waitz won her fourth in 1982,” said Wittenberg. “Paula is an important figure in the history of our race, and it’s only fitting that she’ll step to the line as the race favorite at our 40th running.”
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Racing — Radcliffe and Tola win New York Half Marathon

running-advice-bugNEW YORK — The winners of this year’s NYC Half-Marathon are growing accustomed to breaking the tape in New York’s most coveted races. Three-time ING New York City Marathon winner Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain and NYC Half defending champion Tadese Tola of Ethiopia triumphed again today on the streets of NYC.

Despite warm, humid conditions, the top men and women took off quickly as the horn sounded at 7:00 a.m. in Central Park. Radcliffe, who’s run history’s fastest-ever half-marathon (1:05:40) but had never raced the distance in the United States, led Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska, while defending champion Catherine Ndereba of Kenya kept close company.

As the women left the park in the eighth mile, Radcliffe made a break and never looked back. She hadn’t raced since her ING New York City Marathon victory last November, and she entered the NYC Half just this week as a test of her fitness and recovery from bunion surgery in March. She’ll decide in the next few days whether she will run the IAAF World Championships Marathon in Berlin on August 23.

“I needed to blow out some racing cobwebs,” said Radcliffe. “I’m the first to admit that this is an unorthodox way to test myself for a marathon—running a half-marathon a week out.”
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News — Injured Radcliffe Withdraws from London Marathon

Paula Radcliffe has reportedly sustained a broken toe while training and will have to miss the 2009 London Marathon. The women’s Marathon World Record Holder seems to be continuing with her up and down luck that started last year and has led to a string of injuiries.

Paula Radcliffe after NYC Marathon

Paula Radcliffe after NYC Marathon

After withdrawing from last year’s London Marathon, Radcliffe struggled with injuries throughout the spring and then made ran in the Beijing Olympics unprepared for the competition. She was forced to stop in the late miles and then slow down to complete the race.

Radcliffe then returned to form to win the New York City Marathon in November, looking to have regained her amazing power and fitness.

The current set-back came during training at altitude here in the United States, according to news sources. The Sky News service reported that she was in Albuquerque, New Mexico when the accident happened. She has trained in past at the High Altitude Training Center in Flagstaff, Arizona as well.
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Races: Radcliffe, N’Dereba, Wami all to run London Marathon 2009

2009 London Marathon

2009 London Marathon

LONDON — Paula Radcliffe will return to London this April to try win her fourth Flora London Marathon on April 26th, 2009. She’ll come up against one of the strongest fields she’s ever faced in doing so.

The world marathon record holder will line up against defending champion Irina Mikitenko, all three Olympic medallists and five of the first six finishers in Beijing, plus two former London winners and two World Marathon Majors champions.

After winning in 2002, 2003 and 2005 Radcliffe aims to emulate her mentor Ingrid Kristiansen, the Norwegian who won the London Marathon four times between 1984 and 1988.

“I’ve missed the last three years through injuries and it was frustrating not to be fully fit for the Olympic Games this summer,” said Radcliffe. “But after my victory in New York last month I’m hungry to win back my Flora London Marathon title and join Ingrid in the record books.”

Radcliffe has set world records in all three of her previous appearances on the London course. But such is the depth and quality of the 2009 field, she is likely to be racing the opposition as much as the clock next April.
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Racing: Paula Radcliffe ponders marathon world record; thinks of second baby

Paula Radcliffe after NYC Marathon

Paula Radcliffe after NYC Marathon

In an in-depth article in the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom today, Paula Radcliffe talked about a potential world record attempt and her desire to have another baby prior to the 2012 Olympics in London.

Racliffe currently holds the three best times in the world in the Marathon, running an astounding 2:15:25 in London in 2003. She has run in the 2:17s twice (in Chicago 2002 and London in 2005) and once in the 2:18s (London in 2002). No other woman in in the world has ever broken 2:18:00 in the marathon and only Catherine N’Dereba has run in the 2:18s at all — and that was back in 2001 when she ran a then world record 2:18:47 in Chicago.

All of this taken together is that no one has even come close to her world record times, not even Paula herself in recent years. Since 2005, she has not broken 2:20:00 in the marathon.

But asked about world records this week, Paula felt that she’d like to go faster. She told the Guardian: “I definitely want to run faster. You have to have perfect conditions and London is a fast course.”

With only six months to London to prepare, thoughts might be to turn to Berlin next fall, which has seen three men’s world records in recent years. But Radcliffe, with sights set firmly on winning a long sought-after Gold Medal in the 2012 Olympics wants to have another baby in the mean-time, making time short for a world record attempt.
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Races: ING New York City Marathon; an international parade of runners in NYC

Runners at the start of the New York Marathon

Runners at the start of the New York Marathon

NEW YORK – When I boarded a bus in mid-town Manhattan at a little after 5:00AM on Sunday morning with a group of runners heading out to the start of the New York City Marathon, all I could think was, “man, this is early.” Early, especially, because the race didn’t start for many of these runners until 10:00 or 10:20AM, depending on their start assignment. It was going to be a long morning and a long day, but one of the most memorable ones of their lives.

When I got off of the bus in Fort Wadsworth about an hour later, I had another thought: man, it’s really, really cold out here.

As I wandered through the Athletes’ Village, I was surrounded by runners from nearly every country on the planet. From Italy to Sweden and Jamaica to South Africa, the runners had come to run in the biggest marathon of them all.

Runners were scattered around, lying on the grass, sitting in a small assortments of tents, and standing in groups. All of them trying to stay warm; some had brought tents, sleeping bags, even chemical hand and foot warmers to fight off the chill. A stiff wind blew into the village, making hands shake, turning exposed skin to bumps, and chattering teeth.

Runners wait in a tent

Runners wait in a tent

I asked a group of runners what they planned to do with the tent that they had brought with them to the start: “We’ll leave it. They’ll give it to the homeless,” they said proudly. They looked pretty cozy in there.

Others stood in lines to get coffee or hot tea, or hunkered down in the lee of the few buildings in the area to get out of the wind.

It was cold, cold, cold. And the cold never gave up on this day. Paula Radcliffe, winner of the women’s race, said afterwards that the whole field seemed to be lined up behind her on the Verrazano. “We’ve got the whole road ladies” she quipped.
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Live: Radcliffe, Gomes Dos Santos win NYC Marathon

Paula Radcliffe after NYC Marathon

Paula Radcliffe after NYC Marathon

CENTAL PARK — Paula Radcliffe and Marilson Gomes dos Santos, both past champions here, have won the New York City Marathon.

Radcliffe won by almost two minutes in 2:23:59, beating out a field that stayed close much longer than last year’s. Ludmila Petrova finished second in 2:25:43.

Kara Goucher finished third in the fastest ever dubut by an American runner. In doing so, she unseats a record previously held by Deena Kastor, who is widely considered the top American female marathoner.

Marilson Gomes dos Santos, from Brazil, won the men’s race for his second time. He overtook Abderahim Goumri in the 26th mile to win a very close race in 2:08:43.

Goumri finished second in 2:09:07. Daniel Rono finished third in 2:11:22.

Goumri has now finished second in both of the last two New York City Marathons and the last two London Marathons. He was a pick to win this race, because the runner who has consistently beaten him, Martin Lel, was not in the field. However, late in the race when passed by Gomes dos Santos, Goumri appeared to fold and had no response to Gomes dos Santo’s surge.

Kurt Fearnley and Edith Hunkeler, both winners of the Paraolympic Marathons in Beijing, repeated as New York City champions in the wheelchair division. The two champions said that the wind conditions made this a very challenging race. Both of their times were slower than past wins by a wide margin, due to the wind.

Two runners reportedly died after the race due to heart related conditions. One of the runners was 58 year-old Carlos Jose Gomes of Brazil. The other runner has not yet been identified.

Conditions were chilly and windy all day.

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Races: amazing field to meet at 2008 New York City Marathon

NEW YORK CITY — An elite field that can be described as nothing less than amazing will assemble this weekend to fight out the New York City Marathon in the streets of the biggest city in the United States. With nearly 40,000 runners behind them, most of the fastest runners in the world will be on-hand to duke it out for the championship.

Rather than starting with the list of who will be running in the event, let me start with who will be missing; its a shorter list to be sure. Martin Lel, New York City (’07) and London (’07 & ’08) winner unfortunately broke his foot in a race recently and will not be in the field. Haile Gebreslassie set a world record last month in Berlin and will pass on New York. Sammy Wanjiru, the Beijing Olympic Champion and record holder, is still recovering from that outing, as are the top American runners Ryan Hall, Dathan Ritzenhein and Brian Sell.

On the women’s side, most of the top women will be represented with the noted exception of Constantina Tomescu-Dita, winner of the Beijing Olympic Marathon, who ran in Chicago three weeks ago.

With those exceptions aside, the field includes an array of past champions and current and former world record holders.

World’s fastest women
Perhaps the biggest match-up will be on the women’s side, as Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25), current world record holder, fights it out with Catherine Ndereba (2:18:47) and Gete Wami (2:21:34). This match-up is perhaps closer than it looks on paper as Radcliffe and Wami went toe-to-toe in this race last year, Radcliffe is still recovering from injuries and Ndereba just finished second in the Beijing Olympics. This could, in fact, be the match-up of all match-ups.
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