Picture of the Dell in Hyde Park with snow

London in the snow

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Map view of Monrovia on a geographical globe

The Liberia Marathon and 10km

The first Liberia Marathon is on 28 August 2011. Read the full post »

Seven tips for new runners

Lots of people decide to start running at this time of year, usually to lose weight, look after their health or control stress.   This year perhaps some people will have been inspired to become more sporty by the Queen’s Christmas Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Great Ethiopian Run 2009

At the start of the Great Ethiopian Run Thirty four thousand runners gathered today in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, for Africa’s biggest road race, the Great Ethiopian Run.

Koreni Jelila and Tilahun Regassa won the women’s and men’s races respectively, both with new course records.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Fine athletes, and us

Paula Radcliffe chatting with G at CastellisG and I had the privilege of joining great athletes and olympians including Haile Gebreselassie, Paula Radcliffe, Richard Nerurkar, Millon Wolde, Hugh Jones, and sponsors of tomorrow’s Great Ethiopian Run, for dinner at Castellis Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Running for Fitness website updated

About six years ago I threw together a website, www.runningforfitness.org, to make running-related calculations (for example: if I can run a 10km in one hour, how long might it take me to run a half marathon?).

Today I’ve changed … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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China in Africa: plus ça change

Here in Ethiopia it is common for little children to shout ferenj when they see a white face.  I am told that this comes from the Amharic word for a French person, ፈረንሳዊ (pronounced färänsawi), because French people were among … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Seen while running

Our Sunday runs start on Entoto, the mountain to the edge of Addis Ababa.  We start and finish at an altitude of about  3,000m.  Here are some things we’ve seen on our runs in the last two weeks:

  • a leopard,
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Dubai Marathon – Ethiopians get 8 out of top 10 men and women

In today's Dubai marathon, Ethiopians had 8 out of the top 10 men, and 8 of the top 10 women. Read the full post »

Entoto today

Tom (second from the left) visiting from the UK ran for the first time at altitude (his usual run is along the waterfront in Ayr).

More photos here.

Here’s the elevation graph:

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Sunday morning on Entoto

Running down again

We ran ten miles this morning at the top of Entoto with a great group of runners.  The Entoto national park is a beautiful place to run, with views across Addis Ababa.

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Running on New Year’s Day

Yesterday was New Year’s Day here in Ethiopia – it was the first day of 2001 on the Ethiopian Calendar. Grethe and I celebrated by going for a run in the hills overlooking the city.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Aid Effectiveness

At the Asia Regional Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Manila.

Shocking fact – Afghanistan received 1,657 donor missions last year. That’s more than 4 a day, 365 days a year. How is a government supposed to govern properly if it … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Africa Now Better for Business Says World Bank Report

The annual World Bank report, Doing Business, reports an improvement in the business environment in two thirds of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  Tanzania and Ghana are in the top-ten improving countries this year. Other countries that have simplified regulations … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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The problem is not that the US has not ratified

I wrote about the US-UK extradition treaty on seven months ago

Now that it is in the news again, I want to to be very clear about the problem with this treaty. The problem is not that the … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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In praise of the World Bank

Clare Short in The New Statesman writes in praise of the World Bank:

One of the great problems in the field of development is that there are too many players. Each developed country has its own programmes in the poorest

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UK Bloggers First Scalp?

According to this BBC report, the Government is to back down over the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, which would have given ministers the power to alter legislation without the approval of Parliament.

If so this is perhaps … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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A tough Frank Horwill workout

Before setting off for New York this morning, we tried a new workout at thetrack.   The session is recommended by the legendary British coach Frank Horwill in his book “Obsession for Running”.   Frank was the founder of the Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Blogging from Firefox with Performancing

Performancing for Firefox has released version 1.1 of its very impressive add-in for Firefox. It is a full featured blog editor that sits within Firefox, and makes it very easy to bash out a quick post while you are browsing.  … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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