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Updated by Jamie de Sylva on Nov 22, 2014
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10 of the Best: Running News This Week (July 2014, part 1)

The best running stories in the running world this week.


69-Year-Old Breaks Record For Most Marathons In A Year

A good running week for...senior runners. The Guinness World Record for marathons run in a year has been broken by Larry Macon - for the fourth time. The 69-year-old notched up a figure of 239 in 2013.

Common Sense At Last: Race Will Allow Twins with Muscular Dystrophy

A good running week for...running common sense. Organisers of a race in upstate New York had refused to allow twin brothers diagnosed with the genetic disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy to participate. That would have required their use of adult jogging buggies, against race rules. This week they finally saw sense and decided to allow the brothers to take part.

Men are More Likely than Women to Slow

A good running week for...women marathon runners. Unlike their male counterparts, female runners appear to have a canny ability to pace themselves throughout marathons, according to a new study.

You can't teach speed: sprinters falsify the deliberate practice model of expertise

A bad running week for the...Malcolm Gladwell. Do you really need 10 years (or 10,000 hours for that matter) of deliberate practice to achieve expertise when it comes to running? Interestingly enough, the latest research suggests that many sprinters may have been exceptional prior to starting to training. And world class status was achieved accordingly rapidly.

Mo Farah to ditch his Mobot celebration for...

A bad running week for...The Mobot. Olympic and World Champion Mo Farah revealed that the days of the Mobot are numbered. A new celebration may be on the cards when he competes in the Diamond League meet at Hampden, Glasgow, just a fortnight before the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Running shoes: The most important choice any runner will take

From a beginner's very first running shoe purchase to a seasoned pro's decision of whether or not to switch to barefoot's all covered in 7 short minutes in this featured video.

How to run the marathon

Is there an optimum style for running the marathon? And does the behaviour of the elite provide the ultimate guide for all other runners?

Is running pain normal?

There can be a fine line between pushing yourself and harming yourself. So what's a runner to do?

Gatlin beats returning Gay in 100m

A bad running week for...Tyson Gay. The disgraced sprinter was defeated by Justin Gatlin in the 100m at a Diamond League meeting in Lausanne. It was Gay's first outing since his recent drugs ban.

Chambers wins British 100m title

A good running week for....Dwain Chambers. The British athlete rose to the considerable challenge posed a number of talented young sprinters at the British Championships. He won the 100m title for a fifth successive time, recording a season's best performance in a time of 10.12 seconds.