Dreaming of marathon victory

Haile Gebrselassie, arguably the world's greatest distance runner of all time, has likened winning Sunday's Flora London marathon title with matching the achievement of claiming a major global championship gold medal.

Great move, James

The North East air has worked wonders for James Buis' athletics.

Buis driver enjoys easy ride!

James Buis wound down his preparations for the London Marathon by sprinting home to win yesterday's North Tyneside 10km Road Race.

Tony is running a marathon a day for 10 days

At an age where most people are looking towards retirement, marathon man Tony Hodgson is about to embark on his toughest challenge yet.

By George, he loves his running

When George Routledge crosses the finishing line it's usually the sign for officials, timekeepers and everyone else to pack their bags and go home.

Dedication recognised

A dedicated volunteer has been recognised as Cumbria's Special Constable of the Year.

Nicki is half the woman she was

A customer adviser who shed almost 10 stone in her battle to lose weight was yesterday named Slimmer of the Year.

60-second surgery

Tim Lamb has been general manager of Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle since August 2005.

Waiting game pays off

Joe prudham has known the loneliness of the long distance runner for 26 years but the marathon man finally broke into the limelight by becoming the British Masters Over-70 champion at Abingdon at the weekend.

Double vision

David Kirkland, winner of last weekend's Norham 10km Road Race, has a busy schedule ahead of him with a half-marathon double date over the next 14 days.

GNR in running

The BUPA Great North Run is one of three top meetings earmarked to be targeted to host the 2010 World Road Running Championships.

Marathon majors get tough

Flora London Marathon race director David Bedford has revealed that a joint code of conduct has been agreed with four of the world's other top races in the fight against drug cheats.

Shooting animal not necessarily right

Willy Poole kindly shared a "little story" (The Journal, August 24) in which he described his shooting of a roe deer that didn't run away even after he gave it a verbal warning.

Blyth's 25 years of super times!

The Great North Run has been the inspiration for many to carry on running and go on to join one of the many local athletics clubs in the area.

Jim, 85, prepares for fourth abseil

Hitting 85 and having two knee replacement operations might seem a good time to slow down.

Revving up for a favourite cause

running reverend Janet Jackson is preparing to take part in this year's Great North Run for the charity she has a special bond with.

Radcliffe chases jackpot

Paula Radcliffe would claim £280,000 if she became the first woman to win the first World Marathon Major Series announced in London yesterday.

Radcliffe eyes up record

Paula Radcliffe has not ruled out breaking her own world record - and ensuring a massive pay day - when bidding for a third title in the 25th Flora London Marathon this year.

Fifth win for ace Kimtai

Julius Kimtai stormed to a fifth Nike Blaydon Race title in six years last night - and then said he wants to become the event's greatest ever champion.

Keep on running

An energetic building society boss has received a timely boost in his quest to run 13 half marathons this year to raise money for a local hospice.

Yelling gets Blaydon call

Liz Yelling is the latest big name athlete to be drawn to Tyneside to compete in the Nike Blaydon Race.

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