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Bahamas bound: The five best races at the World Relays

The sun lotion is packed, the crash course in local culture has been taken – The Bahamas, Denners has learned, comprises 700 islands, with a grand total of just 319,000 residents – and all that’s left is to turn our attention to the track for the second edition of the IAAF World Relays, which take place this weekend in the Thomas A. Robinson national stadium in Nassau. Check out his top 5 races here

Usain Bolt to star in feature-length documentary

Usain Bolt’s build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and his planned retirement in 2017 is set to be made into a feature-length documentary by British filmmakers Fulwell 73. Read more here

PODCAST: PAULA PENNS FAREWELL; NO HOLDS BARRED TO BAHAMAS

We’ve split this week’s podcast into two parts as we look to streamline the bumper news package from London leading to the Bahamas. We have plenty of talking points from the cross country proposals to world youth standards. Of course there is drugs talk and we look back on the Penn Relays. All that and more here

PHYSIO CORNER: THE PRICE OF GOLD

David Campbell has transitioned from international middle distance runner to physiotherapist with world renowned Hartmann International. David will be blogging for us regularly on all things physio, fitness and wellbeing. Here’s a taster: :I would like to say I competed at the European Championships, World Championships and Golden Leagues, however in reality I played a supporting role; I lined up with them but never won anything major. From the hurler-on-the-ditch’s perspective it wasn’t a remarkable career; there were no major medals to show off, but I’m proud of how I went about my business, grateful for the many lessons I picked up along the way and the friendships I’ve formed.” The full instalment is here

Running in the 80s: love and glory, not cash

“People were willing to make sacrifices and not make a living, but to find ways to survive just so they could run. We wanted that glory or something – I’m not sure why we did it. Now since it is a career, if people aren’t succeeding at a certain level, they just quit doing it or quit doing it as hard. They must think, ‘What’s the point? Why bother?’” US 1980 marathon Olympic team member Benji Durden, talking about the depth of U.S. men’s distance running in the late 1970s and 1980s. At the 1983 Boston Marathon, Durden ran 2:09:57 and was only 3rd, finishing behind two Americans. Read the full story here

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Feidhlim Kelly

Feidhlim Kelly

Con Houlihan once told me that tomorrow is now. In taking on this venture I’ve started to try and put his words into action.

I worked for Con from 2007 till his passing in 2012 taking down his copy and a whole lot more. I have a Con Houlihan section which will go in to more depth on that.

I’m a long-time contributor to the Irish Runner magazine and am also working for the Irish Examiner.

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