BEKELE ISN’T A DROP-OUT
HAVE you ever dropped out of a race? Sometimes it’s okay. An injury might flare up, or you might start feeling sick. Maybe it’s the early stages of a marathon, things aren’t going well and it’s wise to pull out so you can live to fight another day.
Generally, though, it’s frowned upon. Distance runners are masochists by nature and stepping off the course is often seen as the ultimate symbol of defeat. Given this, pride often forces many to battle to the finish, even when things aren’t going well.
Kenenisa Bekele had no such qualms about pulling out of last weekend’s TCS Amsterdam Marathon. Once victory was out of reach, he walked off the course despite being inside the final mile (see Results, p40).
They say quitters never win and winners never quit, but Bekele has arguably earned the right to break one of the sport’s cardinal sins. As world 5000m and 10,000m record-holder, after all, he’s arguably the greatest distance runner in history.
DROPPING out was certainly not on the minds of Eilish McColgan and Chris Thompson as they stormed to victory in the Simplyhealth Great South Run last weekend (see p14-19).
If Thompson holds his form for a few more days, he could be ready for something special at the TCS New York City Marathon, while McColgan could one day challenge her mum’s PB of 2:26:52.
THE awards season is upon us and it’s time to reflect on what a fantastic year it’s been.
This week the British Athletics Supporters’ Club named some of their stars of the season while the
IAAF has opened their athletes of the year process
Voting for the most important end-of-season awards is launched in next week’s magazine, though, when we invite you, the readers of AW, to give us your opinion on the top performers of 2018.
Above: Kenenisa Bekele (Mark Shearman)