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Hot on the heels of scooping the best (sub 5,000 runners) marathon award last week, race organisers Active Leisure Events will host their equally popular Chester Half Marathon this Sunday (29 April). Entries for what will be the 37th running of the event remain open until Wednesday – a short but appealing window for anyone who has put in the training but yet to make the final leap.
The marathon's capacity to surprise was underlined this morning in London. The women's race was going to script in the first half with Mary Keitany taking the lead and dominating in the early stages. Only Tirunesh Dibaba stayed with Keitany before she was dropped just after eight miles.
Paula Radcliffe got it right when, commenting at the Commonwealth Games last week, she said that any marathon is hugely unpredictable. But got it wrong when she said that usually when a runner has just a couple of kilometres to go then they can usually drag themselves to the finish line.
The postponed St. Helens 10K took place last Sunday (15 April) with the run dedicated to the memory of Violet-Grace Youens who was tragically killed last year. Over 1600 runners competed in what was an emotionally charged day, with Violet’s parents, Rebecca and Glenn Youens, on hand to start the race from the Totally Wicked Stadium.