Monday, April 16, 2018

Brilliant Bumbalough takes fifth as Flanagan battles to seventh in Boston


On what proved a gruelling day for all competitors, Kimbia athletes Andrew Bumbalough and Shalane Flanagan battled to strong performances at the Boston Marathon today, Bumbalough turning in a superb performance to finish fifth in 2:19:52, less than four minutes behind race winner Yuki Kawauchi and just over a minute off a podium finish.

Flanagan, meanwhile, endured a rough time in the conditions, with freezing temperatures, driving rain and a constant headwind hammering the runners throughout. In a race won by fellow American Desi Linden in 2:39:54, Flanagan battled to seventh place in 2:46:31.

“It was basically the nastiest conditions you could imagine running in,” said Bumbalough. “I made the decision early not to go with the lead group, it just felt a little quick for the day and we had a nice solid group of guys that stayed together for a long time. I’m really happy with the decision I made to run a pace I knew I could run for the day and see what that got me. I never anticipated how much the front group would blow up but I made the exact decision I wanted to.

“We run in pretty tough conditions in Portland, but it’s never like this. This was a deluge, an atmospheric river. I knew it was going to be tough. I didn’t realize it would be as tough as it was, but I was ready.”

It was Bumbalough’s first time cracking the top five at a major marathon. “Fifth place is great, I beat dudes I had no business beating,” he said.

His interview with Letsrun.com afterwards:

In the women’s race, reigning New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan endured a tough day at the office, the Marblehead native forced to make a quick pitstop early in the race to use the portable bathroom. She soon rejoined the lead pack, but when the field began to splinter in the latter of the race, Flanagan was soon detached. Nonetheless, on a day where more than half of the elite fields failed to finish, Flanagan drew on all her resolve to reach the finish at Boylston Street.


Linden had told Flanagan early in the race that she planned to drop out, but she nonetheless helped Flanagan to rejoin the pack after her bathroom break. “She said: ‘I’ll help you get back to the pack,’” said Flanagan. “I like Des and I don’t mind talking to my friends when I’m racing. I think she wanted me to know if she could help me out, if she was going to drop out, she was willing to help me.”

On her end result, Flanagan said: “It was good, but not what I wanted. Boston is known as being a magical place, but you never know what you’re going to get. There’s nothing easy about Boston.”

Men’s result 


Women’s result

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Flanagan, Bumbalough ready for battle in Boston


As she prepares for Monday’s Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan says she is in similar shape to last November, when the Bowerman Track Club athlete memorably claimed victory at the New York City Marathon.

Flanagan told Letsrun.com that her training has gone well and she believes she’s prepared to make a bold bid for her first victory in the race.

“Good, yeah, no complaints,” she said, when quizzed about her shape. “I did some sessions that were a little bit hillier to get ready for the course in Boston. It went really well so I feel safe to say I’m in similar shape to New York.”

Asked whether it will be her last marathon, Flanagan said: “I don’t know. I think it’ll probably be my last Boston, but I don’t know if it’ll be my last marathon.”

Flanagan’s life became a whirlwind in the immediate aftermath of her victory in New York, but the Marblehead native has since returned to normality as she’s laid down a heavy training block in preparation for Boston.

“After New York, I was really fatigued doing a lot of extracurricular activities and I was still running and trying to train at the same time,” she said. “And it’s really exhausting trying to do both. I was more fatigued going into this buildup because I didn’t really get a break or rest or Sanything.”

Monday’s weather is set to prove suitably adverse, with cold temperatures, rain and a headwind set to greet runners at the start in Hopkinton.

“I don’t see it as a disadvantage,” said Flanagan. “I train in conditions that are pretty similar in Oregon to what the forecast is. In general I like to have races where it’s as fair as possible, but I’m not opposed to this weather. I’m totally fine with it.”

In the men’s race, Andrew Bumbalough will be the sole representative for Kimbia, the 31-year-old bringing a PB of 2:13:58 to the race. He ran that in Tokyo in February 2017, and followed that up with a 13th place finish in Chicago last October. If things fall right for him on Monday, a top-10 finish may well be on the cards.

 

 

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Flanagan flies to fast 3000m in Seattle


Shalane Flanagan had another impressive showing at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Washington on Saturday afternoon, the 36-year clocking a season’s best of 8:43.28 to finish second in the women’s 3000m behind Dutch middle distance star Sifan Hassan, the reigning world indoor 1500m champion.

Flanagan has recently begun preparations for the Boston Marathon in April, where she will seek to win her first title at the race to add to her historic victory in New York last November. A fortnight ago she opened her 2018 campaign with an 8:55.11 clocking for 3000m to win in Seattle, and today she carved 12 seconds off that time, something that will leave the Bowerman Track Club athlete high on confidence as she returns to heavy mileage ahead of Boston. Both Hassan’s time of 8:34.45 and Flanagan’s were under the previous meeting record.


Also in action in Seattle was Lopez Lomong, who finished fifth in the men’s mile in 3:59.75. That carved more than four seconds off his previous season’s best, which he ran in Seattle in his opener a fortnight ago.

 

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Flanagan off to a fast start in 2018


Shalane Flanagan has started her year as she ended the last – with victory. The 36-year-old took the win in an indoor 3000m race in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, her first outing of the 2018 campaign and her first race since taking a memorable victory at the New York City Marathon in November.

Flanagan, 36, cruised to victory in 8:55.11 over Mel Lawrence (8:57.83) and Amy Eloise-Neale (9:01.96).

“I wouldn’t say my track confidence is super-high,” she told FloTrack afterwards. “Two months ago I was running some great track workouts but obviously you have to let the body rest. I’m more of a racer than a trainer so I wanted to get out here, put on the bib and get a hard effort.”

Flanagan is now ramping up her training in preparation for the Boston Marathon in April, where she will be the headline attraction in what is essentially a hometown race for her.

“I definitely feel a little bit at peace in my soul having won a major. If I walked away tomorrow I feel happy as an athlete and a person, but there was still that one lingering tick of the box that I really, really wanted and I just couldn’t let that go.

“I felt a little more stressed trying to accommodate requests and training at the same time. I’ve one more week of some fun things ahead of me then it’s all about the training. I’m looking forward to it.”

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Flanagan set to return to Boston Marathon


Shalane Flanagan
has chosen to hold off on retirement as she bids to win the Boston Marathon for the first time, the title sponsor John Hancock announced on Monday.

The 36-year-old took victory at the New York City Marathon last month and afterward, said she was undecided about the future, hinting that it may have been her last race. However, the Marblehead, Massachusetts native will now toe the line once more at her home marathon, which she has completed three times already: finishing fourth, fifth and ninth in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively.

She will face a strong line-up of fellow Americans, with Jordan Hasay, Desi Linden, Molly Huddle and Deena Kastor all in opposition, along with last year’s winner, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya.

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