2012 Virgin London : Many Trials of Miles in London on Sunday, release, note by Larry Eder

While many have spoken and written about the Kenyan and Ethiopian Trials, much more is happening in London on Sunday. Nearly 40,000 marathoners are running for various causes, 40,000 marathoners who have their own stories....

Yelling_LizWide-Frankfurt11.JPGLiz Yelling, photo by PhotoRun.net

The British Trials: positions are open for two athletes, and it will all about, who runs fastest in this race. Scott Overall, the only man selected for the British marathon team, is pacing his two potential team mates Benedict Whitby and Lee Meerien, focus on running fast and making the British selectors happy. Our keen commentator on British selection, when asked what the selectors want, noted one thing, " Whitby and Meerien have to run fast." 

On the women's side, one position is open and four women are contesting that position. Liz Yelling, one of the most respected of British marathoners, will have to contest the marathon with several aspiring to the single open position. That is the nature of the beast: our sport respects persistence, longevity and such, but, in a trials situation, he or she who runs the fastest is the winner.

How will the Kenyan and Ethiopian selectors behave? Will they pick the fastest runners in the world, or will they just negate the results of the month of April?




Virgin London Marathon

Press Update


20th April 2012





Yelling spurred by painful Beijing memories

You could be forgiven for thinking Liz Yelling might take a relaxed attitude to qualifying for the London Olympics. Aged 37, with two Olympic marathons behind her, a medal from the Commonwealth Games in her locker, and a successful business to fall back on - what more does she have to prove?

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Teamwork's key for Britain's men

Teamwork is key for British duo Benedict Whitby and Lee Merrien as they chase the Olympic qualifying time at the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday paced by Scott Overall, the one British man already selected for this summer's Games.

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Interview with world champion Abel Kirui

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Interview with Berlin Marathon champion Florence Kiplagat

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Interview with Britain's Lee Merrien before he chases Olympic selection on Sunday

Lee Merrien describes how preparation at the London Marathon altitude camp in Kenya has boosted his Olympic prospects for the Virgin London Marathon.

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Interview with Louise Damen on her Olympic qualifying hopes

Louise Damen says she has learned lessons from her successful debut in the Virgin London Marathon last year as she challenges for an Olympic place.

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Experience is key, says Gharib

As he approaches his eighth London Marathon, Jaouad Gharib, at the age of 39, has earned the right to give advice.

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Abitova and co chase Olympic selection

Kenyans have grabbed much of the spotlight ahead of the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, 22 April. But Olympic places are on the line for many of the other elite runners in this year's field too.

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Laid back Kenyans shrug off Olympic pressure

For most of the marathon-watching world, Sunday's Virgin London Marathon has become known as an 'unofficial' Kenyan Olympic trial. With just three places up for grabs, the pressure's on - although not for the athletes involved, it seems.

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London Marathon wheelchair stars arrive from Boston.

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