Paul Halford writes for us weekly, on British Athletics. This is a fun exclusive on Isobal Pooley, the former British HJ record holder, who is moving coaches and training venues from England to Germany. Paul gets behind the drama of a two years of injuries and frustration, Isobel's appreciation for her former coach (Fuzz Caan) and her move to one of the finest German coaches (Gunter Eisinger).

We wish Isobel Pooley the best of luck in her momentous moves. We hope to see a new British record for Isobel and good health.

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This is the day before the FootLocker Regionals in most of the country. Good luck to all running in the oldest high school cross country championships. It is a fun race, and if you get the chance, please run it!

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Most of all, this is Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your roasted turkey, or roasted tofu turkey, with someone you love!

Thursday, November 23, 2017. warm up, warm up, two miles on track, sprint straightways, jog turns, cooldown

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MONACO (MON): Among Rising Star Award finalists are two World champions from London. Norway´s Karsten Warholm (400 m Hurdles) and Venezuela´s Yulimar Rojas (triple jump). The other two women are silver medalists Yulia Levchenko in high jump and Salwa Eid Naser in the 400 m. Also US Christian Coleman won a silver in London in the 100 m and another one in 4x100 m. Third male is pole vault super talent Armand Duplantis who at age of 17 cleared World U20 record 590 and was 9th in London among seniors.

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Lelisa Desisa is one of the toughest marathoners that I know. I watched him win Boston in 2013 and 2015. His races in NYC show that he wants to win in the Big Apple in a big way. Here is a Sabrinna Yohannes' article on Lelisa and his dream of winning in NYC.

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Stahl is Athlete of the Year in Sweden
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Discus World silver medalist Daniel Stahl is the Swedish Athlete of the Year 2017. He was named at the Awards Evening in Stockholm Waterfront. Prizes for Result of the Year for Stahl and Meraf Bahta who was the best Swedish female in London (9th in the 1500 m). Best results from the match against Finland for Erik Martinsson and Ida Storm. Sprinter Austin Hamilton and pole vaulter Michaela Meijer were awarded for the best results at Swedish Championships. Daniel Stahl and Lovisa Lindh for the best results at the Folksam Grand Prix meets. Breakthrough of the Year for young pole vaulter Armand Duplantis and 800 m runner Hanna Hermansson. Coach of the year is Vestein Hafsteinsson who leads Stahl´s preparation.
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This story is on the 2017 NYRR Night of Champions, which is again, one of the fine events that fill up the NYC Marathon week. This event, as Jeff Benjamin can attest is all about raising money for Kids and getting more running in the Big Apple.

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Tom Fleming won the 1973 and 1975 NYC Marathons. In 1973 and 1974, Tom was second in Boston. Fleming was old school, one would churn 140 miles a week with two runs a day. In 1975, in the year Bill Rodgers won his first Boston marathon, Tom ran 2:12:05, his PB.

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I always enjoyed my time with Tom Fleming. From a random phone call, to the long interview I did with Tom in May 2013 at his RRCA Hall of Fame induction, Tom's love of the sport, his friends and family were obvious. This part of the Awards ceremony includes comments by Bill Rodgers, and Tom's daughter, Margot Fleming . Margot spoke of her father with love, affection and was obviously proud of her late father.

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PARIS (FRA): Former world indoor triple jump champion Teddy Tamgho has given his fitness a thumbs-up as he battles back from long-term injury. The Frenchman posted on Twitter: "Who's back?! #triplejump #france #ComeBack #injuryfree #determination".

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RunBlogRun opines: Teddy Tamgho is one of the finest triple jumpers of all times. He won the European Indoor Champs in 2011 in Paris. He is always quoteable and a very talented, if mercurial athlete. His biggest challenge has been his body, which reminds him that he is, yes, human. Tamgho has some serious long jumps in his cv. Now that he is healthy, how far can he push his triple jumping?

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Norb Sander won the NYC Marathon in 1974. Norb was loved by his family, friends and the thousands of kids who ran at the NB Track Armory. Norb Sander made the NB Armory his life work, and took an iconic structure and built the House that Norb built, a finely tuned athletic sanctuary. The NB Track Armory has over 85 events and 120,000 athletes a year.

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Norb Sander passed away on March 17, 2017. That Norb was inducted into the 2017 NYRR hall of Fame is a tribute to the amazing legacy that the good doctor left. His friend, Mike Frankurt provided a wonderful overview of Norb's life and one of Norb's lovely daughters gave a heartfelt commentary on her father.

Bernard Lagat to run marathon in 2019

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B. Lagat plans marathon in 2019
MANCHESTER (USA): Former world 1500m and 5000m champion Bernard Lagat has said he wants to run a marathon before he retires, informs the Hartford Courant. "I want to run a marathon to say I've run it. Not to make money, not to run a good time, just to say 'Check.' It's not going to be next year, it will be in 2019. I need to start preparing, learn how to train for it, what to do inside the race, how to mix my drinks," he said. Lagat will race in the Manchester Road Race over 4.748-miles on Thursday as a tempo-run ahead of an upcoming half marathon.
RunBlogRun opines: Bernard Lagat is one of the most decorated athletes in our sport. His wins in 2007 in Osaka over 5000 meters and 1,500 meters were masterful. I recall a series of converations over the years with Bernard, especially about his finish. Bernard believed that the longer he stayed in control, the more of a chance one had in the race.
The marathon seems like a bucket list moment for Bernard, but one never knows. How fast can the newly minted masters runner run a marathon?

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