Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Hobbs’

Heroes of Race Walking – Part 2, Great Britain

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

In Great Britain, race walking can sometimes feel like a lonely discipline and we can be tempted to look overseas with envy. In my previous article I talked about race walkers from around the world who became heroes. It can be easy to forget Britain’s prosperous history, but we should remember the British race walkers who were among the best in the world. In fact, it has been difficult to select only a few.

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“Run like someone’s watching” and 4 more ways runners can learn from race walking

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

In my articles for #WalkingWednesday I talk about race walking and its unique charm. I would love to think that I might have encouraged some of you to give it a go but I know I won’t have convinced everyone. However, you can still learn a lot from race walking that will help to improve your running.

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Disqualification – the cruel fate of race walkers who get it wrong

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019


In my previous article about race walking, I briefly talked about the threat of disqualification. It is one of the main things that makes the event so exciting and dramatic to watch. It can happen for different reasons but the effect is catastrophic for an athlete and their supporters. But after a while, it will happen to almost every experienced race walker.

In any walking race, there are official judges positioned along the course to ensure that athletes are complying with the definition of race walking – namely that at least one foot is in contact with the ground and that the leg is straight when it is on the ground and in front of the body. (This is Rule 230, which I mentioned last time.) Here is a brief explanation:
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