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Freya Ross’ Comments on Withdrawing from the Virgin London Marathon

Freya Ross in action at the 2012 NYC Half-Marathon (Photo by PhotoRun, Inc. All rights reserved)

As reported earlier by the Virgin London Marathon organizers, Freya Ross (adidas) has had to withdraw from this year’s race. It was a tough decision for Freya, who debuted in London in a wonderful time of 2:28:10, and then followed up by being the top UK finisher in the Olympic Marathon, despite being called in to replace Paula Radcliffe just a week before the race.

Freya’s comments on the decision: 

“I’m really disappointed I’ve had to withdraw. Training had been going well for the last few weeks and I was looking forward to running in London. The injury problem started last Monday with a niggle in my right hip, it seemed insignificant and I didn’t think it would affect me. However, over the next few days it worsened and I now can’t run pain free. Between myself, Steve [her coach Steve Jones], and the Physio I’ve been seeing, we had to make the decision yesterday that I would not be able to run the marathon. The Physio thinks it is probably a small strain around the top of my hamstring/glute. She thinks that it will improve quickly with rest.”

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Louise Damen’s Latest Blog for realbuzz.com

 

In her realbuzz.com blog posted yesterday, Louise Damen (adidas) holds forth on the flying elbows and “pure carnage” of this year’s IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Bydgoszcz. Click here.

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Pics of Boulder Wave’s Athletes at Today’s EDP Lisbon Half-Marathon

Many thanks to Victor Sailer of PhotoRun, best cameraman in the sport, for providing pics of Edna Kiplagat (Nike) winning today’s EDP Lisbon Half-Marathon, along with Irvette van Zyl (adidas) in 10th, Paula Todoran (adidas) in 17th, and Ionela Dinca in 18th. (As always, all rights reserved by PhotoRun, Inc.)

 

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Larry King, Piers Morgan…Sam Grotewald?

A very proud and happy Diane Nukuri-Johnson shows the Burundi flag after her 2nd-place finish at the 2013 New York City Half-Marathon (Photo courtesy of Jane Monti)

Sam Grotewald of the New York Road Runners continues his bid to take the Larry King/Piers Morgan chair at CNN with another good interview in the NYRR’s “On the Run” podcast/radio series. NYRR yesterday posted an great conversation between Sam and Diane Nukuri-Johnson (ASICS) in New York City in the aftermath of Diane’s 69:12 National Record and second-place finish at Sunday’s New York City Half-Marathon. Sam does a nice job chatting with Diane about her experiences running as a woman in Burundi and competing as a 15 year-old in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she also crossed paths with Bernard Lagat and Abdi Abdirahman. Diane also reflects on the steps to leave Burundi behind for Canada and then America, and the long-time support given her by University of Iowa’s Head Coach Layne Anderson. She and Sam also talk about Iowa and Diane’s expectations for next month’s Boston Marathon. 

The 24-minute podcast is available free at this link. Click on Episode 15.

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2013 New York City Half-Marathon Photos

Thanks to Victor Sailer at Photo Run for the four mid-race photos (all rights reserved, PhotoRun, Inc.) of Adriana Nelson (ASICS), Diane Nukuri-Johnson (ASICS), Sam Chelanga (Nike), and Freya Ross (adidas); and also to Jane Monti for the nice shot of Diane with the Burundi flag. Some great running on a very cold day in the Big Apple!

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Louise Damen’s Win at UK Cross-Country Trials Gets Her the AW Cover!

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Louise Damen Wins UK Cross Title!

Louise Damen (center) at the awards ceremony following her victory at today’s McCain UK Cross Challenge Final and World Trials

 

Louise Damen (Winchester and District AC) stormed over the final kilometer in Birmingham’s Cofton Park to win the senior women’s title over 8,000m at today’s McCain UK Cross Challenge Final and World Trials. With the victory, Louise locked in her place for this year’s IAAF World Cross-Country Championships, as well as achieved a career “hat trick” of UK cross-country titles over the three main age divisions.

Driving back from today’s race, Louise was of course in top spirits. “It was actually quite tough today. I had heavy legs and it was a real race. I wasn’t feeling 100%, so I really had to roll up my sleeves and get to it. The course was a bit muddy, but not as bad as nationals two weeks ago. I really only got away today on the last hill with about a K to go, and I think I won by about 8 seconds. Earlier in my career, I won the under-17′s, and the under 20′s, so I was really pleased to win the senior title today. And I think all the work I’ve done the past two years for marathoning has made me a stronger cross-country runner.”

Today’s win continues Louise’s steady comeback from the injuries and hip problems that bothered her last spring and summer after the Virgin London Marathon, which were then exacerbated by 7-8 weeks off from running following a fall during a long run in August. The cross-training and gradual return to training have obviously paid off, as she is getting stronger by the week as World Cross approaches. Her racing comeback began by winning a low-key Hampshire League cross race in October (“I was pleasantly surprised. I won by 97 seconds over 6k and felt good, so I was happy with that.”). Following another good month of training, Louise stepped up to take 3rd overall and 1st senior over the 8.1 km McCain Cross Challenge in Liverpool on November 24th, thereby earning her spot on the UK team for the European Championships. Two weeks later at those championships in Budapest, Louise took a solid 11th overall, a good sign after all the missed training time.

Louise has been on top of her game since the Europeans, with a string of top runs over grass and mud so far in 2013: 2nd at Antrim, 1st at Cardiff, a 60-second win two weekends ago at the English national cross-country championships, and now today’s national title. 

The 2013 IAAF World-Cross-Country Championships will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on March 24th. Click here for the IAAF home page for the championships.

 

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Athletics Weekly Article on Freya Ross and Her New Training Partner, Susan Patridge

Freya in the closing stages of her 2:28:10 marathon debut at last year’s Virgin London Marathon, which ultimately put her on the UK Olympic team. (Photo by PhotoRun, Inc. All rights reserved.)

The UK’s Athletics Weekly highlights Freya Ross (adidas) training in Boulder with Susan Partridge as they both prepare under Coach Steve Jones for the NYC Half-Marathon, the Virgin London Marathon, and ultimately the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

 Click here for full AW article.

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Cristiana Frumuz, Monica Florea Take Titles at Romanian Cross Championships

Cristiana Frumuz took her first national title of the year on Saturday, winning the senior women’s title at Romania’s national cross-country championships over an 8,000m course in Botosani. 22 year-old Liliana Danci, who will make her marathon debut next month, took the runner-up spot, followed by two other women supported by our Romanian development program: Elena Moaga (3rd) and Alina Boholtan (4th).

The 6,000m junior women’s race was won by Madalina Florea, who stepped up last year to the international level with a great 7th-place finish in the finals of the 5,000m at the IAAF World Junior Championships. From our development program, Cristina Negru (2nd) and Ionela Dinca (3rd) made it a clean sweep of the podium.

 

 

 

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Athletics Weekly Article on Louise’s Win in Cardiff Last Weekend

The UK’s Athletics Weekly carries a nice pic of Louise Damen breaking the tape to win in Cardiff last weekend.

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