Athletics

London Marathon reschedules 40th race for October 2020

The London Marathon will now take place on 4th October 2020 after being postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

As numerous sports across the world have been affected, the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon - which will be celebrating its 40th race - has been pushed back, and will allow runners who already received their places to take part in the deferred event.

“The world is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19 and public health is everyone’s priority,” said Hugh Brasher, Event Director.

UK Athletics names new CEO in leadership shake-up

UK Athletics has announced a leadership shake-up, appointing Joanna Adams as CEO, whilst Chair, Chris Clark, has stepped back from the role.

Adams was most recently CCO at the London Legacy Development Corporation at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. She will take over from UK Athletics Interim CEO Nic Coward, who was appointed to the role last month. Coward will instead take on the role of Interim Chair at the organisation to replace the outgoing Chris Clark.

London Marathon celebrates 40th Race with iconic moments

The London Marathon is celebrating its 40th Race in 2020, and has launched with a new video projecting iconic moments onto London landmarks.

The event takes in the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and The Mall, while the celebratory video follows a runner putting on a pair of headphones before running past landmarks such as the Tate Modern, the OXO Tower and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Iconic London Marathon moments, such as Paula Radcliffe’s world record - which stood for more than 16 years - Tanni Grey-Thompson’s six victories, and Eliud Kipchoge’s 2019 win.

World Athletics bans Nike Vaporfly prototypes

World Athletics has announced new regulations on athlete footwear in the wake of controversy over Nike’s Vaporfly running shoes.

The shoes, which feature a carbon fibre plate inserted in the sole, were worn by Brigid Kosgei when she broke Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing women’s marathon record in Chicago in 2019, and a prototype Alphafly shoe was also worn by Eliud Kipchoge when he ran a marathon in under two hours in Vienna as part of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge.

Asher-Smith tells Nike how she Gets to the Start Line

Coinciding with the launch of Nike’s new React Infinity Run shoes, the brand has created a short film with British sprint world champion Dina Asher-Smith.

The Team GB athlete, who will be bidding for medals in the 100m and 200m events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, has let the Nike cameras into her home training track at Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletic Club.

The film follows Asher-Smith around the track at her home club, and features the world 200m gold medallist talking about making it to the start line fit, healthy and in great form ahead of Tokyo.
 

Reebok to launch fully plant-based running shoes

Reebok has launched its first ever plant-based performance running shoe range.

The Forever Floatride GROW will launch in 2020, and is an updated version of the brand’s Forever Floatride Energy product.

Reebok says the shoe is part of its commitment to reducing the use of petroleum-based plastics in its footwear by making products with plants and builds on the brand’s Cotton + Corn lifestyle collection of footwear.

The new product is made from castor beans, algae, eucalyptus trees and natural rubber.

UK Sport to review UK Athletics funding after 'difficulties'

UK Sport CEO Sally Munday has said the funding body will not make a ‘knee-jerk reaction’ when it comes to funding for UK Athletics (UKA).

This week, UKA confirmed that Zara Hyde Peters would not be taking up the role of CEO on December 1st, as was previously announced, after reports of a safeguarding issue regarding her husband, Mike Peters, came to light.

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