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‘Podium potential’ cash opens new doors for brilliant distance runner

Sarah Sands: Three cheers for Paula, my rhino, and chickens everywhere

By the time you read this, the professional London Marathon runners will have probably finished, the boundaries of physical excellence extended. The huddled masses could finish any time before sunset.

Why We Run: A Story of Obsession, By Robin Harvie

The marathon that goes on...and on and on

Liliya Shobukhova not fearing return of Paula Radcliffe

Even the prospect of Paula Radcliffe’s return after pregnancy (to competitive racing next month and to the marathon this autumn) failed to knock Liliya Shobukhova out of her confident stride yesterday as she prepared for the defence of her Virgin London Marathon title on Sunday - and looked ahead to what she called her “golden chance” of Olympic marathon glory in London in 2012. “I respect Paula, but I don’t fear her,” said the Russian who has established herself as the world number one in the women’s marathon in the 17 months since Radcliffe has been out of commission and given birth to her second child.

Video: Marathon runner takes on London Eye

Noel Bresland has run 26.2 miles on a treadmill in the London Eye as part of his attempt to run 223 marathons in ten years.

TV Review: Kidult: Marathon Boy/BBC4<br/>The Secret World of Whitehall/BBC4

Gemma Atwal's film Marathon Boy (screened in BBC4's Kidult series) interleaved its narrative with shadow puppet animations – a flicker of simple two-dimensional shapes in which there was never any doubt about the differences between hero and villain, victim and monster. The documentary footage that surrounded these sequences, by contrast, was alive with uncertainty. You started watching with an easy assumption that you knew exactly what kind of film this was going to be – a study of obsession perhaps, or an anthropological curiosity. You ended having seen it twist in front of you into an entirely different kind of documentary, gripping and sad and durably ambivalent about its subjects.

Ultra-Running: A marathon is no longer good enough

Running 150 miles across the Sahara is the new way middle-aged men are coping with their mid-life crises

Runner breaks world record halfway through marathon challenge

A former soldier attempting to run the distance of 100 marathons in 100 days smashed the current world record today - but is still only halfway through his challenge.

2,500 years on, marathon remembered as it began

Two veteran Greek marathon runners are to celebrate the invention of their sport, 25 centuries ago this year, with a marathon series of marathons.

Alice-Azania Jarvis: 'I finished the marathon &ndash; and loved every minute'

So, I did it! I ran the marathon and I raised the money. Neither of which, in all honestly, I thought I could. I'm built like bookworm, not an athlete – and I have two years worth of columns to document my inability to save money. So far, I've raised £3,541.70 for the Rhinos – £1,255 of which came from you. I can't tell you how much that means, not just to the Rhinos but to me.

Dom Joly: The shocking truth about golf on Barra

Weird World of Sport: It's this kind of activity that keeps them ready to fight off another Viking invasion

Wanjiru wins Chicago Marathon in fastest ever time on US soil

Kenya's Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru won the Chicago Marathon yesterday, toppling the course record to set the fastest mark ever on US soil.

Radcliffe to miss half marathon world championships

Three-times former champion Paula Radcliffe has withdrawn from next weekend's world half marathon championships in Birmingham because of illness.

Richard Askwith: So what makes Eddie run?

Pushing yourself to random extremes is a remarkably popular pastime

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, By Haruki Murakami, trans. Philip Gabriel

Cult Japanese author Haruki Murakami may be the fittest novelist on earth. He started running in the 1980s, and now, in his sixties, covers six miles a day, six days a week. He has run more than 20 marathons, and completed an ultramarathon (62 miles).

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