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Posted: October 27, 2016  

Athletics: This Week in Running for Week Ending October 23rd

From The Analytical Distance Runner, the newsletter for the Association of Road Racing Statisticians with a focus on races, 3000m and longer, including road, track, and cross-country events. The ARRS has a website at

From Ken Young -

10 Years Ago- The BUPA Great South Run (ENG) 10M had the first three men finish within a span of three seconds with Simon Arusei Koros (KEN) getting the win at 47:17. Jose-Manuel Martinez (ESP) was next at 47:18 and Jonathan Brown (WAL) was 3rd at 47:19. Joanne Pavey (ENG) won the women's race by more than a minute over Olivera Jevtic (SER), 52;46 to 53.53. Catherine Mutwa (KEN) was 3rd at 54:16.

20 Years Ago- Paul Evans (ENG) ran away from the field to win the LaSalle Banks Chicago (IL/USA) Marathon in 2:08:52. Jerry Lawson (USA) was well back in 2nd at 2:10:04 with Leonid Shvetsov (RUS) not far behind at 2:10:23. Eamonn Martin (ENG) and Gary Staines (ENG) followed at 2:11:21 and 2:11:25 respectively. Marian Sutton (ENG) was the first woman at 2:30:41 with Kristy Johnston (USA) in 2nd at 2:31:06. Danuta Bartoszek (ON/CAN) was 3rd at 2:33:01.

30 Years Ago- Paul Donovan (IRL) ran 44:06 to win the Tulsa Run (OK/USA) 15K by four seconds over Marcos-Luis Barreto (MEX). Carlos Retiz (MEX) came in 3rd at 44:19. In 39th place was Frank Shorter (USA) at 50:16. Midde Hamrin (SWE) got a convincing win over Francie Larrieu (TX/USA), 50:41 to 51:16. Susan Wightman (WAL) was 3rd at 51:42.

40 Years Ago- Bill Rodgers (USA) won 7th edition of the New York City (NY/USA) Marathon over Frank Shorter (USA),2:10:09.6 to 2:13:12. Rodgers would go on to win the next three editions of this race. Christopher Stewart (ENG) was 3rd at 2:13:21, Ronald Hill (ENG) was 10th (2:19:43), Akio Usami (JPN) was 12th (2:20:30), Road Race Management newsletter editor Phil Stewart (USA) was 18th (2:24:30), and Brian Armstrong (CAN) was 24th (2:27:35). Michiko Gorman (USA) ran 2:39:11 to win the women's race with world cross gold medalist Doris Brown (USA) well back in 2nd with a 2:53:02. Toshiko D'Elia (USA) was 3rd at 3:08:17 and Nina Kuscsik (USA) was 7th (3:20:08).

50 Years Ago- Barry Watson (ENG) bested Colin Kirkham (ENG) to win the Harlow (ENG) Marathon, 2:25:06.2 to 2:27:53. Kenneth Lee (ENG) was 3rd at 2:28:05. A total of 77 finished the race, making it the 8th largest marathon in the world for 1966.

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