News

The Great North Run has got underway in wet and windy conditions, with more than 50,000 people setting off from Newcastle this morning.

Athletics: Sprinters handed lucrative baton

BRITAIN'S RISING hopes of earning relay medals at next month's World Championships in Seville have been boosted by news the four relay squads have received a sponsorship deal worth pounds 150,000 with GTECH UK Ltd, technology suppliers to the UK National Lottery. Dave Moorcroft, chief executive of UK Athletics, said: "We have a great tradition in relay and are looking forward to clashes with the USA in Seville and Sydney. This sponsorship will ensure the squad ethic can continue to develop."

Athletics: Richardson's Friday date

Britain's top 400 metres runner will test his suspect knee with an outing in Stockholm. By Mike Rowbottom

Athletics: Britain's fast men impress Greene

Athletics: American world 100m record holder praises the young contenders for Christie's mantle at Birmingham

The Brian Viner Interview: Mark Richardson - Richardson's mind set on gold

`You get into a relaxed state and do this visualisation. Whatever happens in the race, you've been there 1,000 times before'

Athletics: Ngeny closes on Coe record

THE FINAL vestige of Britain's golden age of middle distance running survived a new age assault on the Cote D'Azur last night. By less than half a second - 0.49 sec, to be precise - Sebastian Coe's 1,000m world record eluded the clutches of Noah Ngeny, the 20-year-old Kenyan who has a training base in Teddington and whose burgeoning running career is guided by Kim McDonald, a rival of Coe in their teenage years in Yorkshire.

Athletics: Thomas on the mend

IWAN THOMAS yesterday cast aside his disappointment at missing next month's World Championships in Seville and looked ahead to making his return towards the end of the year.

Athletics: Pride and the prejudicial starting positions

OF COURSE, Kris Akabusi didn't mind being beaten by Brian Whittle in last weekend's Masters Sprint.

Athletics: Merry in a hurry to move up

A former teenage sprint prodigy is itching to build on signs of success at 400 metres. By Mike Rowbottom

Athletics: One-track mind of a one-lap wonder

European Cup: Richardson takes the lonesome road to Paris as his 400m rivals fall by the wayside

The Brian Viner Interview: Black pep talk has the golden touch

`Kevin Keegan is brilliant at motivation. A master. And when we get together it's hilarious... We have read all the same books'

Athletics: Life is tougher in Baulch's fun zone

The pin-up boy of British athletics supplements his teen-dream image with a new-found determination.

Athletics: Gebrselassie sweeps to world record

THE EMPEROR is back," said the banner here yesterday, "Others off the track." The faith of an estimated 500 Ethiopian supporters was rewarded as Haile Gebrselassie repeated his world-record breaking exploits of last season in this arena to establish a new mark for the 5,000m and bring the Bupa Grand Prix to a successful climax.

Athletics: Books for Christmas - Failure to realise potential in heart-to-heart

IS THIS the book which stopped a piece of athletics history being made?

Ten command performances- Athletics: Dog-tired but dogged in Kuala Lumpur

Ten command performances that lit up 1998
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
British author Helen Macdonald, pictured with Costa book of the year, 'H is for Hawk'
booksPanel hail Helen Macdonald's 'brilliantly written, muscular prose' in memoir of a grief-stricken daughter who became obsessed with training a goshawk
Sport
footballLive blog: Follow the action from the Capital One Cup semi-final
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Frozen out: despite being filmed in Iceland, 'Fortitude' is set further north, in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard
arts + ents
Sport
Owen Farrell (in black) is a concern for England after injuring his knee playing for Saracens at Clermont Auvergne on Sunday (Getty)
rugby
News
i100
Life and Style
Carmen Khu from The Royal China Club pours a cup of Dai-Hong-Po tea
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
film
Life and Style
food + drink
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century