“I didn’t expect it (to win). Mo is such a great runner. I just wanted to be out there and try to run with him and compete. I saw my teammate Scott Fauble come up to next to me with 800 to go and I could tell he was feeling good so I got excited and tried to move. I kept just waiting for Mo to kick past me in the homestretch as I could hear people shouting at him. … Cross country makes the variables a bit more uneven and it’s also early season. It’s what makes cross country exciting – you never know what’s going to happen..”
– Garrett Heath talking after yesterday’s Great Edinburgh XC meet where he pulled off a major upset yet again, as he smoked Mo Farah in the final meters to win by 2 seconds.
LRC Garrett Heath Does It Again, Takes Another Huge Scalp And Beats Mo Farah At 2016 Great Edinburgh XCountry International Challenge In the past in Edinburgh, Heath has taken down the likes of Asbel Kiprop and Kenenisa Bekele. Now he’s beaten Mo Farah by 2 seconds in a sprint finish. UK’sKate Avery (formerly of Iona) won 4 seconds ahead of Ireland’sFionnuala McCormack.
Thursday’s XC Action: Imane Merga And Alice Aprot Win 59th Campaccio Cross-Country Race World Jr. XC champ Yasin Haji was 2nd and steeple star Jairus Birech was third. Aprot broke the CR ahead of Ruth Jebet and Linet Masai. *Photos
*LRC Archives: Ritz Won This Race Last Year
Day 2 LRC Predictions For The New Year: Will Mo Farah Win Double Gold (Again)? Will Tirunesh Dibaba Win Triple Gold? Will Kenenisa Bekele Even Compete? The LRC staff debates all of that and more.
Day 1: LRC Predictions For The New Year: How Many Mid-D/Distance Medals Will Team USA Win At The 2016 Rio Olympics?
*MB: Crazy thought: Might Centro be America’s best hope for a 5000 medal in Rio?
Breaking News Chris Derrick Reveals That He’s Training For The 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials The men’s Trials just continue to get more and more interesting as Derrick has confirmed to LetsRun.com that he is currently training for the Trials. Only 10 men in US history who have a 10,000 PR faster than Derrick’s 27:31 have ever raced a marathon.
*MB: Breaking: Chris Derrick, “I am currently training for the marathon trials”
Good News Indiana Coach Ron Helmer Doing Well After Kidney Transplant He’s had a tough run of late as within a few months he got cancer, had his kidney fail and had his wife suddenly die.
81-Year-Old Woman Coaches Josh Clarke, Australia’s Top 100m Man Clarke’s coach is NancyAtterton, who won Commonwealth 4 x 100 gold in 1954. Clarke won the Australian title last year in 10.19.
IAAF Personal Bests Q&A With US’s Shot Put World Indoor Champ Ryan Whiting One of Whiting’s throwing songs is “Duel of the Fates” from Star Wars.
Running Times Talks To A Coach, Strength Trainer And Biomechanist To See Which Strength Training Exercises Are Worth Your Time Most of them don’t come to a consensus so you can read their arguments and decide for yourself.
Jacksonville Half Marathon:27 Men Go Under The 65:00 Trials Standard As Jonathan Grey Wins In 62:47 Over Fernando Cabada (63:25) And Chris Derrick (63:41) The top 14 women went under the 1:15 standard as Stephanie Dinius won in 1:13:27.
*MB:27 sub-1:05 at Jax half
*43-Year-old Kevin Castille Qualified With 1:04:33 Castille was our QOD earlier this week.
Japan’s Biggest Race: Aoyama Gakuin University Becomes First School In 39 Years To Lead Hakone Ekiden From Start To Finish A freshman with no 10k or half marathon experience and only a 14:15 5k PR ran the opening leg on day 2 and came away with a leg course record.
Indoor Track: *Abbey D’Agostino Races Men And Runs 8:51.88 3k Training partners Liz Costello (9:01) and Cory McGee (9:16) were also in her race.
*Brian Herron Runs 21.84 And 48.76 Indoors In Alabama To Break Two Freshman High School National Indoor Records
LRCLetsRun.com Debates: Is It Time To Panic For Mary Cain? How Many World Records Will Be Set In 2016?Mary Cain‘s 1,500 PR was set in May of 2013. Is this a make-or-break year for her? We analyze that question in great detail and talk about Ajee Wilson and wonder how many world records will go down in 2016?
Seven distance stars have won double Olympic 10,000 gold - Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zatopek, Lasse Viren, Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele and Derartu Tulu - but no one has ever won three. *Discuss
A pre-med student, a collegiate record holder, and a guy dating someone on the Syracuse team took home the prizes.
Wejo A Look Back At 2015: Tsepo Mathibelle Is My Athlete Of Year, Evan Jager’s 8:00:45 Is My Race Of Year, Plus My Unknown Person Of Year And One Regret Wejo hands out high praise to two unknowns – one literally and one figurative. The anonymous source at the IAAF for Hajo Seppelt‘s work is is Person of the Year and Tsepo Mathibelle, who blew up at Worlds, is his Athlete of the Year.
Rojo: The Year Of Doping And Corruption, No One Is Too Big To Fall, Domination By Stars On The Men’s Side And New Faces On The Women’s Rojo is far from depressed by the doping/corruption scandals of 2015 as it shows no person is too big to fall. He has high praise forHajo Seppelt and Vitaly and Yuliya Stepanov, looks at the domination by stars on the men’s side and new faces on the women’s side, plus the emergence of Eric Jenkins and Emily Sisson.
Gault Kipchoge’s 2:04:00 Without Insoles, Dibaba’s 3:50:07, Bolt > Gatlin, The Greatness Of Montaño, Symmonds, Farah And Cheserek What a year: Eliud Kipchoge ran 2:04:00 with his shoes falling apart, Genzebe Dibaba ran 3:50.07 with both her shoes, Bolt defeated Gatlin, and Montaño, Symmonds, Farah, and Cheserek kept winning.
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