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A column by Len Johnson The IAAF Council is considering whether to adopt its new rankings system as the method for qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at its meeting this weekend (9-10 March). At the moment the proposal is on the back-burner. The wisest decision the learned men and...
Athletics can be one of the most democratic of sports, accessible to both the fastest, highest and strongest and the slowest, lowest and puniest. Such is true of most sports, of course. Tennis is played both at the sublime Federer-Nadal-Williams level and as hit-and-giggle social doubles. Golf is Tiger Woods,...
MAUDIE SKYRING: My Story, from the beginning When asked to write my first blog, about anything in my running life, I was a little stuck. Where would I begin? So I thought, why not start as the beginning, especially since it wasn’t too long ago. I began training almost 3 years...
Continuing my meandering paper chase through our world cross-country history, we come to the 1977 and 1979 championships in Dusseldorf and Limerick, respectively. The former saw Australia continue to move up with the debut of three 20-year-olds who would be the nucleus of future teams. But – whatever happened to the women? Followers of cross-country are used to seeing young runners make significant debuts. Did someone say Kenenisa Bekele? Or Zola Budd who, like Bekele, was a senior world champion before her 20 th birthday. Bekele, indeed, not only won the short-lived short race in 2001, but did the double a year later, all still three months before turning 20.
I’ve been asked to write about any aspect of running so far in my life for Runners Tribe, which is my first time, so bare with me! I’ve decided to write since the start of cross country season in August last year. From this time onwards, the time went...
The story of the Ingebrigtsen brothers and their father is movie worthy stuff. Over 1500m, the slowest of the three brothers has a PB of 3:31.46. Over 5000m, the slowest brother has a 13:15 to his name.  Runner’s Tribe got the chance to grab some inside peaks at the training of the family, and this feature article outlines some of the key sessions the three brothers regularly complete leading into important races.
(c) Runner's Tribe Eliud Kipchoge dassled the running world by taking the massive chunk of 78 seconds off the world record at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday. Kipchoge, hailed as the greatest marathoner of all-time, is now also the fastest marathoner of all-time and by a good amount as well....
26 year old Scottish middle distance runner, Jake Wightman, has had a fruitful 2020. After Covid-19 disrupted his Olympic and European Championship campaigns, Wightman went into a period of training, and experimented with more speed work. It's a strategy that has paid off for the Edinburgh based athlete. In Monaco, August 14 2020, Wightman stormed to 2nd on the all-time UK rankings list clocking 3:29.47. Only Mo Farah remains in front of Wightman, with this 3:28.81 set in 2013. It propels Wightman past some very famous names; Steve Cram, Steve Ovett, and of course Sebastian Coe.
Chasing that running feeling: fresh air in my lungs, listening to my heavy breathing, red blood cells pumping, time in the air, feet gliding the ground, forward lean flying. I felt instant affinity for the simple repetitive action of running in circles or from point A to B as...
Written by Jaryd Clifford The art of placing one foot in front of another offers up an infinite collection of incredible stories. Too many of which will never be told. It is an inadvertent omission, a regrettable consequence of the modern worlds saturation of inspiration. Due to this, some people...
                   

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