Kenyans Dennis Kimetto and Florence Kiplagat are the male and female winners of the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Award for 2014.  The awards were voted for by AIMS member races worldwide and presented at a gala evening in Athens.

 

Dennis won the Chicago Marathon in October 2013 (in 2:03:45) before setting a new world record time of 2:02:57 winning the Berlin Marathon in September 2014.

 

“I have had a great year and this award reflects that. I am honoured to receive a truly global award voted for by the AIMS members,” Dennis said.

 

Florence set a new world record of 1:05:12 for the women’s half marathon at the Mitja Marató de Barcelona (February 2014). She went on to finish 2nd at London Marathon in 2:20:24 in April.

 

 “It is incredibly special for me to receive this prestigious award. It makes it extra special that I have received it in the spiritual home of the marathon in Greece. I am well aware of the 2,500 year history of the marathon and I am delighted to feel a small part of it,” Florence said.

AIMS President Paco Borao said “The athletes are an inspiration to people around the world in promoting the marathon and running movement. It is our pleasure to recognise such fine athletes.”

Stirling Sports

Half Marathon


15th February


www.stirlingsportshalfmarathon.org/


For something a little different, this is an untimed staggered start race for the less competitive person. Entrants start at 5 minute intervals from 7am., with the start time based on your estimated finish time. It is intended that all participants finish at 10.30am.  This means you will be running or walking with people of a similar speed.  You might even make new friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenge tri training camps


1st March-30th April


www.challenge-family.com/challenge-flexi-camp/


So, you want to attend a triathlon camp but the date doesn’t suit, or you don’t like the hotel? Challenge Family has it sorted; a Flexi Camp based in Paguera, Mallorca. Choose your own dates in March or April, choose your hotel and choose the length of your camp. You’ll get all the training and seminars you need to suit your level of ability – from rookie to ambitious age grouper.

Rotorua Off-Road Half Marathon

 

8th March


www.eventpromotions.co.nz/


Be a part of this outstanding off road Half Marathon through the spectacular Whakarewarewa Forest, in Rotorua. The event is a two lap course over scenic trails and smooth gravel forest roads. Other options are a quarter marathon (10.55km) 5km Fun Run/Walk and two shorter kids’ races.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Running Series

 

22nd March and 4th April


www.canadarunningseries.com/


It’s never too soon to start planning for Canada Running Series events. Begin gently with two Spring races on either side of Canada. Modo Spring Run-Off Vancouver is a pleasant 8K race on 22nd March. Runners on the other side of the country can enter Harry’s Spring Run-Off in Toronto on 4th April – and choose from a 8K or 5K distance.

 

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