Cracking the sub two-hour marathon

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Some say it will never happen, but at SPIKES we like to think that a sub two-hour marathon is merely a matter of time. And with that, here are 13 reasons why @Statman_Jon reckons it might, just might, happen sooner than you think.

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Cycling star: “I love the freedom of running”

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SPIKES meets Emma Pooley, the 2010 cycling time trial world champion and 2008 Olympic silver medallist, to discuss swapping her spokes for spikes and her recent marathon triumph in Lausanne.

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Brenda Martinez takes the world’s fastest interview

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Under the intense pressure of SPIKES’ super quick interview, we find out that the USA’s world 800m medallist Brenda Martinez loves Amy Winehouse; could have been a police officer; and really fancies picking Haile’s brain before doing the marathon…

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Wilson Kipsang’s world record in numbers

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On Sunday, Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang posted this year’s first bona fide athletics world record at an Olympic event by winning the Berlin Marathon in 2:03:23. Kipsang, 31, took 15 seconds off the previous mark, and this is the new men’s marathon record in numbers…

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The amazing story of Valeria Straneo

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The marathon is a funny old race, and few events throw up such consistently gob-smacking moments as the iconic 26.2-mile distance. Exclusively for SPIKES, tattooed mother-of-two Valeria Straneo, 37, who won marathon silver on Saturday, tells her amazing story.

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Haile’s life in pictures

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Leading athletics photographer Jiro Mochizuki has produced an album of exclusive pictures, of the life and career of his friend Haile Gebrselassie. Here, Mochizuki’s tells the story behind some of his favourites from Haile Gebrselassie: Emperor of Long Distance.

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Meet Sean Hartnett: Professor Marathon

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He’s known as Professor Marathon for his phenomenal all-around knowledge of the 26.2-mile distance, so SPIKES had to find out more about Sean Hartnett: writer, photographer, course mapper, technical expert and tactical guru; and his longstanding love affair with the iconic event.

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Hugh Brasher: running the London Marathon

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Hugh Brasher is in his first year of sole responsibility as race director of the Virgin London Marathon. We chat to Hugh, whose father Chris was a co-founder of the race, about his expectations for this Sunday’s mammoth event. 

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