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  • Added to the latest document above are 2 of the events I was waiting for streams for ...

    Milla Internacional de Bilbao (Bilbao, ESP) - International road miles; For the third time in a week these are loaded Spanish road miles with many of Spain's best mid-distance athletes from 800 up to 5000. Adding the international flavour are Marcin Lewandowski, Aimee Pratt and German 17yo mega-talent Jolanda Kallabis

    Cross Ciutat de Castelló (Castellón, ESP) - The fields are decent here for the traditional season opener in Spain. The Women's field is headed by Blanca Fernandez, Cristina Espejo & Laura Mendez but last year it was stronger than indicated by the startlists with the late entry of a couple of international athletes. The Men's race should be dominated by the Burundians, Thierry Ndikumwenayo (7:26 at 3000m) & Rodrigue Kwizera, though 8:16 Steepler Victor Ruiz will be trying to keep up​

    EDIT :
    Delhi Half Marathon also added - see the "Comments" on the post above.
    Last edited by LuckySpikes; 15-10-22, 20:29.


    • You may remember that earlier in the year we were discussing the launch of Viaplay sport, which is going to suck up several athletics events esp Continental Gold meets. Here’s the official announcement.


      • LuckySpikes
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        Yep, in the New Year I'll be bumping the VPN recommendation thread I created !

    • Live streams/broadcasts for Saturday 22nd October to Sunday 23rd October:

      Ooh, it's a cracking weekend on the live streams with the big highlights being the Valencia Half Marathon, the Princess Ekiden and the Cross Internacional Zornotza (Gold meeting) in the Basque country.

      I'm hopeful that there'll also be a live stream for Sunday's World Cross Country Tour Gold meeting in Bydgoszcz. If there is, I'll update the document and post a comment on this post.

      • Northern Ireland International Cross Country (Dundonald nr Belfast, GBR) - World Cross Country Tour Silver meeting; Unfortunately, with 2 Gold XC meetings elsewhere on Sunday, there's not much depth here. The Women's race looks better with Izzy Fry facing 3 good young Ethiopians including Medina Eisa, the 2022 World U20 5000m silver medalist. In the Men's Ishmael Kipkurui goes against Gizelaw Ayana (ETH) who was 2nd in the recent Cardiff Half Marathon
      • Bilbao Night Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km (Bilbao, ESP) - The Men's field in the Half Marathon is pretty good, headed by Sikiyas Abate (ETH; 59:53 PB). Whilst the Marathon fields aren't as deep, the organisers are still hoping that the winning times are faster than 2:10 and 2:30
      • Golden Tracks - European Athletics Awards ceremony (Tallinn, EST)
      Saturday into Sunday
      • All Japan 35km Race Walking Takahata Tournament (Yamagata, JPN) - There's also 20km races here and all 4 fields are good. The 35km races are headed by double World champ Toshikazu Yamanishi and Serena Sonoda who's had a big breakthrough this year including finishing 9th in Eugene
      • Chuncheon International Marathon AKA Chosun Ilbo Marathon incl Korean Marathon Championships (Chuncheon, KOR) - No idea who's competing here but it's usually a quality race with the course records standing at 2:06:15 and 2:26:12
      • Burnie 10 incl Oceania 10km Championships (Burnie, TAS, AUS) - 10km road race; There's strong domestic fields in both the Men's & Women's races here including Jack Rayner, Ryan Gregson, Liam Adams, Rose Davies, Sinead Diver & Natalie Rule
      • Princess Ekiden (Munakata to Fukutsu, JPN) - Always a terrific event (augmented by the fantastic coverage that Japanese TV provides for road races including Ekidens). This is the West Japan qualifier for the Queen's Ekiden AKA the National Corporate Women's Ekiden Championships on 27th November. The Top 16 teams will qualify for the 31 team field at the Queen's Ekiden - though that doesn't mean the teams at the front coast. As usual, there's a load top athletes due to compete including Kaede Hagitani (sub-15 at 5000), Ai Hosoda (2:21 marathon in London recently), Honami Maeda, Mikuni Yada, Yuka Suzuki, Mao Uesugi and a number of good Kenyans on Leg 4, including Pauline Kamulu (30:20 10,000 PB). Incidentally, non-Japanese athletes are only allowed to compete on that short leg and that's a common policy in Japanese Ekidens
      • Women's Challenge Grand Prix Series 10k Final - Round 6 (Cape Town, RSA) - Anyone who's been watching these races this year will be familiar with the main athletes, headed by Ethiopian Tadu Nare (known as Tadu Teshome outside RSA), Helalia Johannes and Selam Gebre (ETH). They're backed up by some of South Africa's best including Glenrose Xaba & Irvette van Zyl
      • Valencia Half Marathon (Valencia, ESP) - WA Elite Label race; Do I need to tell you that these fields are absolutely loaded?! There's a number of Brits competing too, including Cairess, Jake Smith & Samantha Harrison. Tadese Worku (26:56 10km) & Konstanze Klosterhalfen make their debut at this distance
      • Ljubljana Marathon (Ljubljana, SLO) - WA Elite Label race; There's decent fields here with six sub-2:10 men and five sub-2:26 women
      • Le Marathon Vert Rennes (Rennes, FRA) - Usually this is a decent quality race, won pre-pandemic in 2019 in 2:09 and 2:30. From the preview it seems it's not as strong this year but maybe there's a few good international athletes who weren't mentioned?
      • Linz Danube Marathon (AUT) - The full elite field hasn't been announced yet but it looks set to include Ayele Abshero and Felix Chemonges (UGA), both sub-2:05:30 men. There's been no word on the Women's field
      • Venice Marathon & Half Marathon (Venice, ITA) - Marathon is a WA Label race; The Marathon fields look good here, especially on the Men's side with a load of sub-2:10 athletes. There's 3 women with sub-2:25 PBs
      • Cross Internacional Zornotza (Amorebieta-Etxano, ESP) - World Cross Country Tour Gold meeting; There's small but good international fields here and it's interesting that Aimee Pratt is due to compete. Italy's Iliass Aouani is also competing and I wonder if we'll see more Europeans competing on the Tour outside their own countries now that the World XC Tour provides a route to qualify for the World Championships 10,000. With so many Spanish XC meetings on the live streams (15 of them!) it's easy to follow the domestic rivalries and the live streams are often pretty good at showing what's happening further down the field. Many of Spain's best athletes race a load of cross country (8 or 9 races a season isn't uncommon) and the domestic fields here are pretty good including Nassim Hassaous, Dani Arce, Raul Celada, Cristina Ruiz, Isabel Barreiro, Beatriz Alvarez & Rosalia Tarraga
      All the details and links at

      Next major post on the evening of Friday 28th.​
      Last edited by LuckySpikes; 21-10-22, 22:43.


      • The YouTube recording of the TV broadcast for Sunday's Princess Ekiden is now linked in the latest document above. The ad breaks have been removed from the stream.

        There is also a stream linked from the lead motorbike at the Women's Challenge Grand Prix Series 10k in Cape Town (the planned live stream didn’t materialise due to technical issues).

        The on-demand TV broadcast for the Linz Danube Marathon is also confirmed in the document. It turned out to be a good, deep Men's race.

        Finally, the YouTube stream of the Valencia Half Marathon is still available.

        I should also say that the next major post will be on Thursday evening (not Friday as I originally said) for some NCAA Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday.​


        • Live streams/broadcasts for Friday 28th October:

          Some NCAA Conference XC Championships including one of the best 2 or 3, the Pac-12. There's a couple more to come on Saturday as well.

          • Southeastern Conference (SEC) Cross Country Championships (Oxford, MS, USA) - NCAA D1 conference; Both the Women's & Men's race have 2 teams ranked in the national Top 25, the highest Women's team being Alabama (# 7) and Tennessee (# 17) in the Men's
          • Northeast Conference Cross Country Championships (Tyrone, PA, USA) - NCAA D1 conference; Not one of the stronger conferences. The strongest team here is Central Connecticut
          • Pac-12 Conference Cross Country Championships (Riverside, CA, USA) - NCAA D1 conference; This is a loaded conference! In the Women's race there's 5 of the national Top 20, led by Stanford (# 9) and in the Men's there's 4 of the Top 20 teams, led by Stanford (# 1)
          • Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships (Laramie, WY, USA) - NCAA D1 conference; A pretty strong conference with 2 of the Women's teams ranked in the national Top 20, led by New Mexico (# 2) and 3 of the Men's teams in the Top 30, headed by Air Force (# 5)
          • West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships (Portland, OR, USA) - NCAA D1 conference; The Men's race has BYU ranked # 2 nationally and Portland # 14. BYU are the only Women's team ranked in the Top 30 at # 5
          All the details and links at

          Next major post tomorrow (Friday) evening for the weekend's streams including the Morinomiyako Ekiden (the All Japan University Women's Ekiden), the Frankfurt Marathon, the CrossCup Mol (World XC Tour Silver), the Dublin Marathon and our first track action of the Australian Summer season.​


          • Live streams/broadcasts for Saturday 29th October to Sunday 30th October:

            Sorry, no teaser notes this time.

            I'm hopeful that there'll also be live streaming for a good new XC meeting in Zaragoza on Sunday. If so, I'll post an alert in this thread.

            Took place on Thursday (race videos now available)
            • UQ Sport 1500 Classic (Nathan nr Brisbane, QLD, AUS)
            Saturday to Monday
            • Indian Open U23 Championships (Bilaspur, IND)
            • NSW State 3000m Championships with supporting 800m (Kensington nr Sydney, NSW, AUS)
            • America East Conference Cross Country Championships (Kingsville, MD, USA) - NCAA D1 conference
            • The Summit League Conference Cross Country Championships (Grand Forks, ND, USA) - NCAA D1 conference
            • Bangsaen42 Chonburi Marathon (Chon Buri, THA) - WA Elite Label race
            • All Japan University Women's Ekiden Championship AKA Morinomiyako Ekiden (Sendai, JPN)
            • 20km Marseille-Cassis (Marseille to Cassis, FRA) - International road race
            • Dublin Marathon incl Irish Marathon Championships (Dublin, IRL)
            • Frankfurt Marathon (Frankfurt, GER) - WA Elite Label race
            • CrossCup Mol (Mol, BEL) - World Cross Country Tour Silver meeting
            All the details and links at

            Next major post on Wednesday evening for the inaugural combined World Mountain and Trail Running Championships and the Kyushu region Corporate Men's Ekiden.​


            • LuckySpikes
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              Added to the latest document is Sunday's Trofeo Ciudad de Zaragoza de Cross (Zaragoza, ESP) which has a very nice top end to the fields including Carlos Mayo, Toni Abadia, Jesus Ramos, Badr Jaafari (ITA), Irene Sanchez-Escribano, Marta Perez, Agueda Marques (Munoz as was) and the return from 2 years out with injury of Ana Lozano (15:14 PB at 5000).
              Last edited by LuckySpikes; 30-10-22, 00:07.

          • I'm chuffed that the Cross Country meeting in Zaragoza is being streamed this Sunday 30th. See my teaser notes in the Comments above and all the necessary links in the document.


            • Live streams/broadcasts for Thursday 3rd November to Friday 4th November:

              • East Japan Corporate Men's Ekiden (Saitama to Kumagaya, JPN) - A qualifying race for The New Year Ekiden corporate men's national championship, with the top 12 teams qualifying. This race is loaded and includes 2022 World 10,000 silver medalist Stanley Waithaka, sub-58 half marathoner Alexander Mutiso, Yuta Bando & Tatsuhiko Ito
              • Kyushu Region Corporate Men's Ekiden (Fukuoka, JPN) - Another qualifying race for The New Year Ekiden corporate men's national championship, this time the top 8 teams qualify; There's a lot of very good athletes competing including Hiroto Inoue, Davis Kiplangat, Kenta Murayama & Benard Koech
              Friday to Sunday
              • World Mountain and Trail Running Championships (Chiang Mai, THA) - The inaugural edition of these combined championships; Obviously many of the best are here. Whilst I know some of the names in Mountain Running my knowledge is limited but fortunately there are good preview articles linked in the document; With it being mountain running I have no idea how good the coverage will be
              All the details and links at

              Next major post on Friday evening for the weekend's streaming events including the English Cross Country Relays, the New York Marathon, the USA 5km Championships, the Istanbul Marathon, 2 legs of the World Cross Country Tour in Soria and San Sebastián, and the All Japan University Men's Ekiden Championship.​


              • Live streams/broadcasts for Saturday 5th November to Sunday 6th November:

                This weekend includes a very nice Spanish double-header on the World Cross Country Tour, both streamed on LaLigaSportsTV. If you don't have a free account for that service yet, what are you waiting for? It's dead easy to sign up (link in the document below) or you can simply login with a Facebook, Google or Apple login. If you have a smart Samsung TV there's also a LaLigaSportsTV app for it (regarding that, PM me because "getting connected" to the app has a couple of quirks). As well as loads of cross country, LaLigaSportsTV shows a load of track (much of it age-group championships but also some senior Spanish championships), Spanish race walking championships and this year they've also shown a couple of international half marathons. They stream a load of other sports too, including petanque!

                I'm vaguely hopeful of live streams for 3 or 4 other events this weekend. If they transpire, I will post an alert on the thread.

                Just a reminder ... Some of you may have realised this already but I'm often updating the document over the course of the days it covers. So, for example, if I'm watching an event live and the link I've provided is incorrect, I'll go into the document and correct it straight away. Sometimes changes happen just a few minutes before or after the stream is due to have started. So, if you're frustrated because something "isn't working" it's worth refreshing the document page to see if any changes have been made recently.

                Saturday to Sunday
                • Ongoing World Mountain and Trail Running Championships (Chiang Mai, THA) - See post above
                Friday into Saturday
                • All Japan University Men's Ekiden Championship AKA Chichibunomiya Cup (Nagoya to Mie, JPN) - As always this is loaded with talent, such as Ryuji Miura, Ren Tazawa (27:23 10,000 PB) and a number of good Kenyans; Unfortunately at 106.8km total length, it's one of those men's Ekidens that requires as much stamina from the viewer as from the athletes!
                • Kumamoto Prefecture High School Girls' Ekiden (Kumamoto, JPN) - National High School Ekiden preliminary round; I know nothing about this Ekiden except that, at 21.1km total length, it'll be a much easier watch than the above!
                • English Cross Country Relays (Mansfield, GBR) - I'm really looking forward to this as it's the first time it's being streamed. Usually there's a lot of good athletes competing
                • USATF 5km Road Championships (New York, USA) - Good fields here that include Infeld, Kelati, Lipari & Rogers in the Women's and H Bor, Engels, Chelanga & Ferlic in the Men's
                • JTBC Seoul Marathon (Seoul, KOR) - From the preview article there's 19 invited foreign athletes competing, headed in the Men's race by Elisha Rotich (2:04:21 in Paris last year) and at least two other 2:05/06 athletes
                • Istanbul Marathon (Istanbul, TUR) - WA Elite Label race; There's good line-ups here that include seven sub-2:08 men and five sub-2:27 women
                • Cross Internacional de Soria (Valonsadero nr Soria, ESP) - World Cross Country Tour Gold meeting; The Men's field is pretty strong, with Thierry Ndikumwenayo (7:26 3000m PB) heading a number of good Africans, Italians Aouani (2nd in Amorebieta 2 weeks ago) & Arese and Santiago Catrofe (URU). The domestic line-up is good too with the likes of Hassaous, Arce & Martos. In the Women's race Lucy Mawia Muli returns (Soria winner last year and Bydgoszcz victor 2 weeks ago) and faces a field that includes a strong Spanish contingent (Marta Perez, Ruiz, Marta Garcia, Laura Luengo, Campo etc) as well as Portugal's Lia Lemos (8th in Amorebieta) and GB's Almaz Nerurkar
                • Cross Internacional de San Sebastián AKA Cross Lasarte (San Sebastián, ESP) - World Cross Country Tour Silver meeting; Starting with the Women's race at this historic meeting, there's 3 very good young East Africans including Zerfe Wondemagn (Tokyo OG Steeple finalist & 2nd here last year) as well as more of Spain's best women in the shape of Robles, Sanchez-Escribano & Isabel Barreiro (winner in Amorebieta 2 weeks ago) and some other interesting international entrants in Catarina Ribeiro (POR) & Giovanna Selva (ITA). In the Men's race Mechaal & Oukhelfen are up against two 2022 World U20 champions - Addisu Yihune (5000m champ; 12:58 PB) and Reynold Kipkorir Cheruiyot (1500m champ). There's a decent cast of other Spaniards and Portuguese racing too; Being in the Basque Country there's a decent chance that it will be soggy underfoot
                • New York City Marathon (New York, USA) - WA Elite Platinum Label race; The big story here is the marathon debut of Hellen Obiri. She'll be facing World champ Gotytom Gebreslase, Lonah Salpeter & Keira D'Amato. The Men's race is unusual in that only 2 of the top 10 by PB are East African although one of them, Evans Chebet, looks like a warm favourite
                All the details and links at

                Next major post on Wednesday evening for the first Vic Milers meeting of the Aussie season on Thursday plus hopefully some of the NCAA D1 Regional XC Championships on Friday.​


                • Added to the latest document above is Sunday's Guadalajara International Marathon in Mexico, a WA Label race. There's no entry lists or preview available but from Facebook I see that there several Kenyans were presented at the presss conference.
                  Last edited by LuckySpikes; 06-11-22, 01:42.


                  • Live streams/broadcasts for Thursday 10th November:

                    • Victorian Milers Club Meet 1 (Melbourne, VIC, AUS) - 800m & 3000m; There's 29 races on the programme but it's not the deepest of Vic Milers meetings. The pick of the 'A' races is the Men's 3000 with Andy Buchanan, Adam Pyke, 1:46 800 man Jack Lunn, and good U20s like Archie Noakes & Logan Janetzki
                    Details and links at

                    Next major post tomorrow (Thursday) evening for a couple of the NCAA D1 Cross Country Regionals on Friday.​


                    • Live streams/broadcasts for Friday 11th November:

                      Friday to Tuesday
                      • Indian National Junior Championships (Guwahati, IND) - The Indian Athletics streams always have English commentary and the coverage isn't bad at all. There's no on-screen clock but they do show results
                      • NCAA D1 South Regional Cross Country Championships (Huntsville, AL, USA) - There's 2 Top 30 nationally-ranked teams in both races - # 7 Alabama & Florida State in the Women's and # 16 Tennessee & Alabama in the Men's. Other traditionally good teams here include Georgia & Ole Miss
                      • NCAA D1 Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships (Columbia, MO, USA) - Oklahoma State head the rankings in both races, nationally ranked # 3 in the Women's and # 4 in the Men's. Also in the Men's race are Top 30 teams Tulsa (# 6) & Iowa State and in the Women's race Northwestern Uni crept into the Top 30 nationally-ranked teams. There's also a number of traditionally strong teams in this region such as Minnesota, Missouri & Nebraska
                      • ? NCAA D1 Mountain Regional Cross Country Championships (Albuquerque, NM, USA) - This is one of the 2 strongest regions and includes highly nationally-ranked teams such as BYU, Colorado, NAU (Northern Arizona), New Mexico, Utah & Air Force
                      All the details and links at

                      Next major post tomorrow (Friday) evening for the weekend's streams including the loaded Cross Atapuerca (Gold meeting), at least 3 Ekidens including the terrific East Japan Women's Ekiden and the Ravenna City of Art Marathon which includes the Italian Championships.​


                      • Live streams/broadcasts for Saturday 12th November to Sunday 13th November:

                        Saturday to Tuesday
                        • Ongoing Indian National Junior Championships (Guwahati, IND) - See post above
                        Saturday to Sunday
                        • Nippon Sports Science University Long Distance Meeting AKA Nittai University Time Trials (Yokohama, JPN) - Men's 5000 & 10,000 and Women's 3000 & 5000; As there often is, there's good fields here featuring some very good Japanese athletes and a lot of the top Kenyans based in Japan
                        • The Fst in Fukuoka (Fukuoka, JPN) - International 5km & Mile road races; In the Women's Mile Georgia Griffith goes against Nozomi Tanaka and Stewy McSweyn & Craig Engels head the Men's field; The 5km races feature good Kenyans against Nozomi Tanaka (again) and Hyuga Endo who's aiming to bring the Men's Japanese road 5km Record down from 13:59 to something respectable
                        • Cross Pforzheim (Pforzheim, GER) - The senior fields aren't very deep (especially after the withdrawal of Elena Burkhard) but the U20 races are the Trials for both Germany & Swizerland for the European XC Championships
                        • Spanish Mixed Relay Cross Country Championships (Atapuerca, ESP) - 48 teams are due to toe the start line but Playas de Castellon are heavy favourites to retain their title (they'll be in the green tops wearing bib 1)
                        • U Sports (Canadian University) Cross Country Championships (Halifax, NS, CAN) - I can't speak with any authority on Canadian Uni running at the moment but the linked Preview article covers the team & individual races adequately
                        Saturday into Sunday
                        • Chubu & Horuriku Regions Corporate Men's Ekiden Championship (Aichi, JPN) - This is a qualifying race for the big New Year Ekiden (the All Japan Corporate Men's Ekiden Championship) and there's some good athletes competing here
                        • Kansai Region Corporate Men's Ekiden AKA Ryujin Ekiden (Ryujinmura, JPN) - This is a strong region and again this is a qualifier for the New Year Ekiden with the Top 5 here booking their spot; The course for the race is picturesque with the road cutting through the hills/mountains. Last year's race was a good one - after 3 hours 10 mins of racing (16km to go) the Top 5 teams were separated by just 72 seconds and then in the last 200m there was an incredibly dramatic finish for 5th place and the final qualifying spot
                        • East Japan Women's Ekiden (Fukushima, JPN) - Teams of pro athletes, good amateurs and high school athletes compete here representing 18 of Japan's 47 prefectures and it's always a quality race
                        • Chugoku Region Corporate Men's Ekiden Championship (Sera, JPN) - Also a qualifier for the New Year Ekiden with the Top 4 teams qualifying. Again there's some very good athletes competing here
                        • Athens Marathon, The Authentic incl Greek Marathon Championships (Athens, GRE) - Abel Anton & Martin Fiz (1-2 in the 1997 Athens World Champs marathon) wear bibs 1 & 2 here but I'd hazard a guess and say they won't be in the shake-up for podium places this time! I'm not sure of any elite international entries but the Greek championship races look competitive
                        • Málaga Half Marathon (Málaga, ESP) - There's a decent field here with four sub-62 athletes headed by Josphat Chumo (60:11 PB). Cynthia Nolari (68:04 PB) leads the women's line-up
                        • Cross Valmusone (Osimo, ITA) - There's a couple of nice senior races here. The Women's field is small but good, including Aprile, Verity Ockenden (now based in Italy), the Zanne twins and the return from injury of Veronica Inglese. Remember her? She finished 6th in the 2016 European Championships 10,000 (31:37) and then a few days later took silver in the Half Marathon; The 3km senior short race also has a small but good cast with Barontini, Bouih, Bussotti Neves & Elisa Bortoli; The coverage on the stream last year wasn't the greatest quality - there was a bit of waiting sometimes for them to emerge from 'blind spots' on the course - but it's still possible to follow the races fairly well
                        • Ravenna City of Art Marathon & 21k Ravenna Park Race incl Italian Marathon Championships (Ravenna, ITA) - The entry lists for the Italian Championships aren't stellar, however a decent crop of East Africans should be at the head of the fields
                        • Cross Internacional de Atapuerca incl Spanish Clubs Cross Country Championships (Atapuerca, ESP) - World Cross Country Tour Gold meeting; As usual, this is loaded - a true Gold meeting (more on that in a bit) - especially on the Women's side, with the field led by major medalists such as Beatrice Chebet, Peruth Chemutai & Yasemin Can and also featuring track talents such as Nadia Battocletti, Purity Chepkirui, Zerfe Wondemagn & Selamawit Teferi. Also competing is Lucy Mawia Muli, the winner in Bydgoszcz & Soria recently. Aimee Pratt will be hoping for a better performance than Amorebieta 3 weeks ago when she trailed off badly for 12th place (though she'd do very, very well to finish higher in this stacked field). In both the Men's & Women's races it's like a Who's Who of Spanish distance running and there's also a number of other Brits competing including Jenny Nesbitt, Megan Keith & Ben Connor. Here the separate U23 races are the Spanish trials for the European XC Championships - I believe the first 5 book their spots with one discretionary spot left open; ... Okay, as "promised" ... IMO, there should be only 5 Gold XC meetings (instead of 17 at present), namely the five that year-on-year deliver stacked fields - that's Atapuerca, Italica (next weekend), Campaccio, Juan Muguerza & Cinque Mulini. Possibly, in its forthcoming 2nd edition the Eldoret meeting might prove itself worthy of joining them. The other current Gold meetings should be reclassified as Silver & Bronze meetings. Currently, it's too easy (in theory) for athletes to cherry-pick the easier Gold meetings and this is even more important now that finishing in the Top 8 of the overall standings qualifies that athlete for the 10,000m at the World Championships. I don't know how much WA monitor these meetings to see if they're fulfilling requirements regarding the quality of fields ... I suspect not at all! I feel an email to WA coming on ...
                        • Behobia – San Sebastián (Behobia to San Sebastián, ESP) - 20km road race; Not stellar fields here (there's a few good athletes) but it's a fun course that is 192m net uphill and very up and down with long drags up to the two high points around 7km and 17km
                        All the details and links at

                        Next major post possibly on Wednesday evening for the Victorian State 5000m Championships. If not, on Friday 18th.​
                        Last edited by LuckySpikes; 11-11-22, 22:38.


                        • Live stream for Wednesday 17th November:

                          • Victorian State Sen/U20 5000m Championships (Box Hill, VIC, AUS) - There's decent fields here with the Women's probably the more interesting with Sarah Billings, Melissa Duncan & Sarah Klein
                          Details and links at

                          Next major post on Friday evening for the weekend's streams including the NCAA D1 and D3 Cross Country Championships, the loaded Cross International de Itálica (Gold meeting), the Zevenheuvelenloop 15km road race (with E McColgan), the Corrida Bulloise road races in Switzerland and 3 more Ekidens.​


                          • Live streams/broadcasts for Friday 19th November to Saturday 20th November:

                            There's action galore from Japan this weekend as well as some other top events on the road and country! Two of the 3 Ekidens fall into the "municipal Ekiden" category - an ekiden for the Prefecture (Japan has 47) with teams from the municipalities (cities, towns & villages) competing. I think most prefectures have such ekidens and a few are live streamed/broadcast. Even though they're "local" events, such is the strength of distance running in Japan, they often have a lot of good athletes involved. In these "smaller" ekidens I usually don't know any of the athletes but I find that doesn't hamper my enjoyment of these races.

                            There's also the possibility of on-demand videos for good track action at the Chugoku Corporate Long Distance Record Meeting in Japan.

                            Friday into Saturday
                            • Kansai Inter-University Men's Ekiden AKA Tango University Ekiden (Kyōtango to Miyazu, JPN) - In my research for this thread over the last couple of years I've learned a lot about the Japanese road running scene but there's still a bit that baffles me! One thing is why the Kansai universities (Osaka and surrounds) don't compete in the big Hakone Ekiden in January. Instead, this is their big season-ending Ekiden and it's a very good quality one
                            • New Zealand 10,000m Championships (Wellington, NZL) - There's decent fields here including Julian Oakley, Eric Speakman & Hannah Miller and apparently the aim is to get as many athletes as possible under the NZ federation's 29:45 & 34:30 standards needed to compete in the World Cross Country Championships
                            • ? Corrida Bulloise (Bulle, SUI) - International Men's 8.13km & Women's 6.19km road races; This is the first of 3 in a series of short-ish races through old towns in Switzerland (the other two on the first 2 weekends of December). Both fields are good with Dominic Lobalu (12:52 5000 PB) headlining the Men's that also includes 2019 winner Isaac Kimeli, Boniface Kibiwott, Jonas Raess and a number of other East Africans. The Women's race includes Helen Bekele Tola (twice a winner here), Gladys Jemaiyo (68:18 half PB), Kasanesh Ayenew Baze (ETH) who's had good results on the road this year, and Lore Hoffmann going significantly over-distance. The course records are Julien Wanders 22:27 (2018) & Caroline Chepkwony 19:05 (2006)
                            • NCAA D1 Cross Country Championships (Stillwater, OK, USA) - No teaser needed here. LetsRun has some very good previews linked in the document
                            • NCAA D3 Cross Country Championships (Lansing, MI, USA) - Sorry, I don't know much about the D3 scene at the moment! Easy to watch though, without geo-blocking
                            Saturday into Sunday
                            • Fukushima Ekiden (Shirakawa to Fukushima, JPN) - There's a large field of 53 teams for this long mixed ekiden, 52 of them representing individual municipalities with one joint team representing the remainder of Fukushima's 59 municipalities. It's a decent race with some good and very good amateur, university and high school athletes competing. The winning time for the 95km last year was 4:57:31 and 24 teams clocked faster than 5:32:30 which equates to 3:30 per km
                            • Ageo City Half Marathon (Ageo, JPN) - This is the deepest half marathon in the world, often with over 150 men clocking sub-66 ! The majority of the competitors are seeking to impress their university coach and grab a place in the squad for the big Hakone Ekiden in January
                            • Kobe Marathon (Kobe, JPN) - There's small but good international fields here. In the Women's race, Japan's best amateur marathoner Haruka Yamaguchi (2:26:35 PB) is running at least her 7th marathon of the year and faces Immaculate Chemutai (UGA; 2:28 PB) and Sharon Kemboi, a 67:28 HM athlete making her debut at this distance; In the Men's race Junichi Tsubouchi (2:08:35 PB) faces 3 good Kenyans including Elkanah Langat & Clement Langat (both 2:07/08 types)
                            • Yamagata Prefecture Women's Ekiden AKA Yamagata Cup (Kaminoyama to Yamagata, JPN) - Whilst there's only 11 teams here it's a pretty good quality race; There's not many pro athletes compete (although Yuka Ando is listed in the Yonezawa squad this year) but there's some good amateurs, university athletes and some very good high school athletes; The short 3rd & 4th legs seem to be for 13 to 15 year-olds with the other legs open to 16 and over
                            • Kanto Region University Time Trials / 10000m Record Challenge (Tokyo, JPN) - Good fields here with a ton of sub-28:30 men in the 2 fast sections
                            • Cross International de Itálica (Santiponce nr Sevilla, ESP) - World Cross Country Tour Gold meeting; There's loaded fields here with the Men's race taking centre stage. In that Jacob Kiplimo & Stanley Waithaka (silver in the Eugene WCh 10,000) both make their season debuts on the country and face the first 4 from last weekend's race in Atapuerca, two of whom (Ndikuwemenayo & Kwizera) already have 3 XC races under their belt this season; Peruth Chemutai was a no-show in Atapuerca due to illness but she's due to race here against Purity Chepkirui (winner in San Sebastián and a strong 2nd behind Beatrice Chebet last weekend), Yasemin Can, some other very good East Africans & Mariana Machado. Like last weekend in Atapuerca the Spanish contingent in both races is strong - the best Spaniards from the 1500 up to the marathon just love to get out and race cross country! This meeting is unusual in that the Women are running the same distance as the Men (10.1km) - I think it's the first time that's happened here
                            • La Mandria Cross (Venaria Reale nr Turin, ITA) - This is a test event at the venue for this year's European Cross Country Championships and also a selection event for the Italian team for those championships (not strictly "trials" but "indicative races" instead). Including the "Cross Corto" (2km mixed race with a view to picking the mixed relay team) these fields are loaded - pretty much all the best Italians are here with the exception of Yeman Crippa & Nadia Battocletti
                            • Zevenheuvelenloop AKA Seven Hills Run (Nijmegen, NED) - International 15km road race; Although the Men's race will get most of the screen time, the Women's race looks the more interesting with Eilish McColgan, Beatrice Chepkoech, Stella Chesang, Eva Cherono, 3 good young Japanese women & Hanna Klein making an interesting step up in distance; The Men's race isn't bad by any means, including Nibret Melak, Rogers Kibet (UGA), Abraham Cheroben, Ringer, Foppen & Belhadj
                            All the details and links at

                            Next major post on Tuesday evening for Wednesday's Ichinoseki-Morioka Ekiden and Thursday's Manchester Road Race (Connecticut NOT North West England).​


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                              See the post below for some updates to this weekend's live streams.

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                              It seems that Jacob Kiplimo has withdrawn from the Cross Internacional de Itálica.