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Running Is a Way to Remain Young

Malta VeteransRunning Is a Way to Remain Young’ by Paul Grech

Unbeknown to most of those taking part in this year’s edition of the St. Patrick’s Birzebbuga 10K in Malta, among them was an athlete who can boast a world record in athletics. For the majority of those athletes, Lynn Hughes was simply the English runner who on the day managed to win the Over 65 category.

Hughes’ achievements, however, are much more remarkable than that. On the 4 th of November 1967 he became the first man to cover the distance of forty miles on a track in less than four hours: 3:58:53.2 to be precise. And although that record has since been surpassed, it is still the fourth best time over the distance. [Read more…]

Zurrieq Half 2004 Report

Christian Nemeth

Christian Nemeth

Nemeth and Galea shine brightest as the stars come out in Zurrieq by Paul Grech

The unusual sight of Peppi Azzopardi in full running gear welcomed Zurrieq residents early yesterday morning. Along with others like Xandru Grech and Andrea Cassar, popular television host Azzopardi took part in a fun run organised jointly by Caritas and Zurrieq International Half Mar-athon organisers to mark World Run Day where runners worldwide are encouraged to collect money for charity. [Read more…]

A Change for the Best?

Track Start

Track Start

Paul Grech discusses the new start rules which have been introduced in 2003

Their work often goes unnoticed, but no athletics’ event could go ahead without them. Starters and track officials suffer the same fate as referees in any other sporting discipline: anonymity if they get it right, criticism when they don’t. Yet their importance can never be understated, particularly in the light of the new false start regulations introduced on the first of January by the IAAF. [Read more…]

Greatest Achievement Away from Track

Lara Gerada

Lara Gerada

That 2003 was a fine year for Maltese athletics is evidenced by the honours handed out to local athletes at the Sportivi Nazzjonali contest and the Malta Olympic Committee awards. Yet, the most central achievement came far away from the track and has hardly been given any attention. [Read more…]

Carmen Hili wins in sub 3Hr

Carmen Hili wins in sub 3Hr

Carmen Hili wins in sub 3Hr

Magri wins stage but Mansbridge retains title – Hili goes below three-hour mark by Paul Grech

The sight of Brian Magri leading at the closing stages of the third 25km stage that brought to an end the 2003 Gatorade Malta International Marathon Challenge, raised hopes of an overall Maltese winner for the first time in 13 years. In the end, however, Magri’s victory was only a symbolic one as he crossed the finishing line just six seconds ahead of David Mansbridge, not enough to close down the lead of 1:28 minutes the Briton had built in the previous two stages. [Read more…]

Zurrieq Half 2003 Report

Carol Galea - Zurrieg 2004

Carol Galea – Zurrieg 2004

Carol Galea defies fitness problems to set new course record by Paul Grech

Another half marathon, another Carol Galea win and another record. Arguably Malta’s finest ever long distance runner, Galea seems to get better every time she takes to the road and she confirmed this with another record breaking performance at the Zurrieq International Half Marathon. [Read more…]