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

The facts of life: Seduction

There are five main ways to tell if someone is flirting with you: their eyes will flit around your face and body; they begin to mirror your actions; they raise their eyebrows when they first meet you (ever so slightly); their feet and hands will point towards you subconsciously; and their pupil size and blink rate increases.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami will never win a marathon. In fact he will never even come close. He is 59, after all. But the acclaimed Japanese novelist, who until his thirties was a 60-a-day smoker running a jazz club into the small hours each night, doesn't mind. He will continue running them – 25 to date, plus one 62-mile ultramarathon – because he feels the focus and endurance required to complete 26.2 miles help him to apply those same disciplines to his writing. "Most of what I know about writing fiction I learned by running every day" is one of the chapter headings in this reminiscence, which bundles together running logs and memories of people, races and places under the loose overarching theme of his preparations for the New York Marathon. He may plod a bit as a runner, but the fluid, conversational style and self-deprecatory tone of his prose show no signs of strain; this charming little book is a winner from start to finish.

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One camel, two apples and 35,000 runners took part in the race that has become an annual festival

Hedblom ends 11-year win drought in Malaysia

Peter Hedblom was all smiles yesterday after ending his 11-year victory drought on the European Tour by capturing the Maybank Malaysian Open. The 37-year-old had not tasted success on the Tour since capturing the Moroccan Open in 1996, but his four-under-par 68 at Saujana Golf and Country Club's Palm course saw him finish on an eight-under 280, one shot ahead of France's Jean-François Lucquin.

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It would be much more sensible to abandon the whole thing and just publish the marks. Then everyone would know where they stood

Athletics: East's change of direction points to the new world

Britain's brightest middle-distance hope has moved from nowhere man to contender. Simon Turnbull talks to him
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