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n the 18th of September 2011, the third In Flanders Fields Triathlon in Ypres (BE) will take place.

This challenging, non drafting quarter triathlon goes over 1k swimming, 40k cycling and 10k running. What makes this race really special is the historic framework and the tough race track. “In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow. Besides the crosses row on row.” This is how the poem of the Canadian

physician John McCrae, who fought on the Western Front in 1914, begins. It became the best known poem of the First World War. Once you are on the bike, you become aware of the significance of the route. You are in Flanders Fields, known for its hilly and windy roads. During the race, you will be taken along memorials such as the Menin Gate and Hill 62. But it is not just a WW1 memorial. With

around 900 participants, it is becoming one of the leading triathlon events in Flanders. On the starting list you find both recreational athletes and pro Ironman athletes. Frederik van Lierde, the absolute revelation of this year’s Abu

Dhabi Triathlon and winner of IM 70.3 in East London (RSA) and Sofie Goos, winner of races such as Lisbon and IM 70.3 Anwerp in 2010, came twice to test before taking off to Hawaii. Just as last year, we offer the possibility

to register with a relay team. So get together with one swimmer, one cyclist and one runner, and you are ready to go. This way, we hope to lower the barrier for the recreational endurance athlete. Registration opens on May 28th for non-licenced athletes - visit www. Be aware of the fact that last year’s race

was sold out after a few weeks!! Whoever is feeling like coming to

Ypres, get in touch with the organisation via the website and we will help you to look for accommodation. Hope to see you in Ypres!



unLiverpool Marathon entries pass the half way mark with six months to go! Plans are developing nicely

for the inaugural RunLiverpool Marathon on 9th October with nearly 7,000 places already taken up. This spectacular event will see up to 12,000 runners tackle a fantastic course that starts of on the Wirral side of the River Mersey in Birkenhead Park.

Running along the coastline, runners will be treated to the best view of the Liverpool skyline as they hit seven miles and head toward the historic Birkenhead Town Hall and the unique two mile stretch through the original Mersey Tunnel. With the scenic early miles out of the

way, runners will emerge in the shadow of the World Heritage Site and take on the distinctive urban landscape of Liverpool city centre for the second half of the race. Miles 13 to 26 will see runners pass many of the famous city landmarks, and some new ones too!

56 n RUNNING FREE Taking in Sefton Park and Princes Park

between miles 18 and 22, runners will gather themselves for the final push down Parliament Street and prepare for a sensational finish along Strand, Mann Island and Canada Boulevard, to finish in front of THE most iconic building in the city - the Liver Building! All in all, the RunLiverpool Marathon will deliver a fascinating course and a memorable event for everyone

taking part in this fantastic event. In addition there is a warm up event

the day before in Sefton Park, the Fab Four Miler, and this gentle jog will ease marathon runners through their final preparations. The Fab Four Miler is open to runners and spectators alike, so everyone can begin to experience the magic of the marathon weekend. n For further details about the two events go to

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