About 100 people gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 17th World Congress of AIMS - the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. It was a time to review progress in the two years since the last congress and look ahead to the future.

Increased membership was welcome news, with 271 marathons worldwide now belonging to the organisation (up from 239 in 2006).

AIMS' main objective is to foster and promote distance running with emphasis on accurate course measurement and race timing. To a runner, an AIMS marathon means high race standards.

The organisation produces a quarterly magazine, Distance Running, and also promotes running through its website (www.aimsworldrunning.org), expo booths at marathons, Athlete of the Year and World Fastest Time awards and the AIMS Children's Series, designed to encourage youngsters to run.

It works closely with the IAAF in the administration of the international course measurement system and on the IAAF Road Running commission.

The congress keynote speakers addressed issues including marathon promotion, risk management and website design.

Members ended with a vote to hold their 2010 congress in Athens, Greece - during the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, which led to the first running of the marathon distance.

        www.aimsworldrunning.org

Organsied by Bristol City Council, the 2009 Bristol 10k attracted 50% more participants than last year, taking the total number of runners up to almost 8,000.

The nominated charities for 2009 were St Peter's Hospice and COCO, a charity that helps children worldwide to access better health and education.

The race was a loop and presented itself as a shorter version of the Bristol Half Marathon by following a similar route. The race began and returned to At Bristol and followed the harbourside as part of its course.

The male winner was Phil Wicks with a time of 00:28:54 and the female winner was Hatti Dean with a time of 00:33:40.

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