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Review: Gold Coast Marathon 2017

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It's been quite a while since I last wrote a race report but since a few people have indicated interest in one, I figured it'd be worthwhile doing. The Gold Coast Marathon has a special place in my heart since it was also the venue of my first ever overseas marathon, and also the race that secured my BQ timing that led to that memorable Boston race back in 2014. (race report here) For people who haven't read it, my original race report for the Gold Coast Marathon 2013 was posted as a Facebook note here.
This year, I was originally scheduled to race Dubai in January, and then have a stab at a PB by racing at Berlin again in September. See here for my 2014 Berlin Marathon race report. However, we found out my wife was pregnant with a due date in the third weekend of September, and so we settled on doing the Gold Coast Marathon instead, it gave me a good 4-5 months of preparation and it was pretty much as late as my wife could travel on the plane in July.
Having done the Gold…

Review: Kalenji Kiprun SD

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Disclaimer: The Kalenji Kiprun SD was provided to me by Decathlon Sports Singapore for the purposes of a review
I first became aware of Decathlon’s Kalenji shoe line in 2015. At the time people were making comparisons of one of the Kalenji trainers to the popular Brooks Launch v1. However, even though Decathlon opened stores in Singapore some time back, I never got round to visiting them to check out the shoes. Notwithstanding the allusion to Kenya’s world-famous Kalenjin tribe, Decathlon actually has its roots in Europe; they originate from Lille, France back in 1976. They pride themselves on doing things in-house, getting rid of the middlemen, in order to sell their products at remarkably low prices. Indeed, you will notice that the shoes do not even come in cardboard boxes, in a bid to reduce production costs.
The current Kalenji line has 3 basic models: the Kiprun LD      - their heavy duty cushioned trainer the Kiprun SD      - their tempo trainer the Kiprun Race   - their racing fl…