This week's newsletter has interesting articles (including my notes from last week's Q&A session at SportsLab), discounts for premium members, and some updates and late additions to the running calendar.
Eliud Kipchoge makes history with sub two-hour marathon
Of course you already knew this, didn't you? Eliud Kipchoge, marathon world record holder and current Olympic Champion ran the first ever sub two hour marathon over the weekend. The run itself does not count as a world record due to the rotating pacers guided by lasers and it not being an actual race, but you can't dispute what an amazing acheivement it was. I think most of us can't run that fast for a few hundred metres (if at all), let alone for 42.2km over two hours. There's a video here at YouTube looking at how it was done, and I've linked to it as he comes down the finishing straight. The finish celebration is quite something to watch!
Brigid Kosgei shatters the women's marathon record
And if that wasn't enough, the weekend was topped off with Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei breaking Paula Radcliffe's marathon record, which had stood for 16 years! Find out more at Stuff. Note that there are two sets of world records for women: one where it's a women's only race, and the other for when women and men are in the same race. This record falls under the latter, which is the faster of the two.
SportsLab's questions and answers evening
SportsLab hosted a Q&A evening last week and I posted as many of the questions and answers I can remember here.
Premium members get access to discounts for a range of events in Australia & New Zealand. Enter enough discounted events and your membership pays for itself, as well as opening up a range of useful functions on the website!
Current discounts available include:
- New Zealand events: Santoft Forest and Beach Half Marathon; Kawerau King of the Mountain; Valley Ultra; Xterra Waihi; Kerikeri Half Marathon.
- Australian events: Spartan Race Trifecta & Hurricane Heat in Victoria; Spartan Urban Sprint in Melbourne; and get a free t-shirt at the Summit Survivor!
To find out what's been recently updated, check the recent updates page regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates (see below) such as date changes, cancellations, or late additions to the calendar. And check out the full calendar of upcoming events.
- The Illuminator scheduled for 4 April has been deferred until 2021
- The first two events in the three race Lake Crichton Series have moved a week earlier, from 24 to 17 January and 14 to 7 February
Have a great running week!