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World records, Mo Farah, 91-Year Old Runners and Your Free Marathon Photos: The Weekly Round-Up

By on Jun 1, 2014

A quick round-up of this week’s top stories:

A good running week for…

  • World-record busting relay teams. At the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas, Jamaica’s men set a new world record in the 4x200m, while Kenya’s men and women also notched up new world records in the 4x1500m. The kenyans obliterated the previous marks in the process: the men recorded 14 minutes 22.22 seconds, some 14secs faster than the 2009 Kenyan record; the women went one better and beat the previous record by over half a minute.
  • Fun runners. The organisers of the San Francisco Marathon, in conjunction with technology firm Gameface Media, will provide free photos of all race finishers as they cross the line. Runners will have full access to their photos for online and social media use, but will be charged a fee for prints.
  • Older runners. Harriette Thompson is due to line up at this Sunday’s (1 June) San Diego Marathon. Her age? A tender 91 years. She has missed the race only twice since it begain in 1998…

A bad running week for…

  • Mo Farah. Following the disappointment of the London Marathon, Farah pulled out of last weekend’s London 10k road race. It was due to have been his first competitive run since the marathon.
  • Vibram. The barefoot running lawsuit wrangle rumbles on, with the launch of the new settlement site for those filing a claim against the glove-like running shoe brand. Consumers who bought Vibram FiveFingers shoes between March 21, 2009 and May 27, 2014 can now file a claim as part of the class action suit that the company settled a few weeks ago.

There was also news for those who like to alternate between different pairs of running shoes, as well as for those runners who like to know why they suffer the injuries they do. But, as so often is the case, the evidence wasn’t entirely conclusive…

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