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Best Running Tips Newsletter, Issue #011 -- Happy New Year
January 2, 2009
Welcome to the Best Running Tips Newsletter !
Let me start by wishing you a Happy New Year. I hope 2009 will be everything you make it and allow it to be and much more.
I am a thinker, a planner, so I always have lots of goals for the year
to come. Main goals for the website will be to add a section about marathoning (currently in the making) and about diet, food and drinks, turn the website into an e-book so that you can read it a lot more conveniently and also write a separate e-book together with a few prominent runners and running coaches (sorry, can't reveal much more yet, it's kind of secret, but once I can say a bit more, you will be the first to know!).
Looking back at 2008 in one of those inevitable TV shows last week I
also got a little reality check when they showed a few younger people
who had passed away.
People like Australian Heath Ledger and also Australian athlete Kerryn McCann who you may not know. I will tell you a little bit about her now:
In December, at the age of 41, Kerryn passed away due to cancer. She
was one of Australia's more famous runners with two wins in the
Commonwealth Games marathon behind her name.
I clearly remember the 2006 Commonwealth Games Marathon. I had
only just immigrated into Australia. Those first few weeks in a new
country we did a lot of exploring. One of the highlights was that the
Commonwealth Games were being held at exactly that time in Melbourne.
did not attend the marathon race, but I did watch it on TV. Very early
in the race it was clear that it was going to be a two-horse race
between McCann, then 38 and a very young Kenian girl, I think only just
in her twenties.
McCann was doing the bulk of the work, keeping up the pace
continuously. In the back of my head was this voice that kept on saying
"It is all good and well that she is leading now, but you'll see that
the younger girl will keep up easily and overtake her in the last few
into the last ten kilometres it was getting more exciting by the
minute. You saw both the ladies starting to tire, starting to hurt. One
of the final stages was climbing one of the bigger bridges in
Melbourne. Now I have done that in a few 15k races and it hurts like
hell in those, let alone in the final kilometres of the marathon!
Going towards the MCG,
the big Melbourne stadium, the girls were trying to get away from
eachother. In the last three kilometres the lead changed a number of
Running into the MCG they had to go through a tunnel
which got them out of sight of everybody for what could not have been
more than 10 seconds.
You should have heard the crowd erupting
when McCann was the one who got out of that tunnel first. That must
have been such an incredible kick for her.
It gave me goosebumps and tears in my eyes.
was just one of those sports moments you wish would last forever.
That's probably the moment she won the race although she still had to
run those last few hundred metres. It was an incredible feeling to be
witness of such a heroic performance and that moment she came out of
that tunnel will be one of the sporting moments I will carry with me
for a long while.
After the race she said it was "probably the greatest victory I've ever had, or the greatest race I've ever run.".
She leaves behind a young family.
"Her most memorable moment of 2006, was the most memorable moment of
the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. In a stirring finish to the
marathon, Kerryn and Kenyan Hellen Cherono swapped the lead over the
closing 3kms as they ran towards the MCG. A capacity crowd within the
stadium watched on the screens as the two athletes fought it out and
roared whenever Kerryn took the lead. They entered the stadium to
perhaps the greatest roar the 1956 Olympic venue has ever heard, which
lifted Kerry over the closing 300m to take gold and successfully defend
her title from Manchester."
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