A Column By Len Johnson

Len Johnson wrote for The Melbourne Age as an athletics writer for over 20 years, covering five Olympics, 10 world championships and five Commonwealth Games.

He has been the long-time lead columnist on RT and is one of the world’s most respected athletic writers.

He is also a former national class distance runner (2.19.32 marathon) and trained with Chris Wardlaw and Robert de Castella among other running legends. He is the author of The Landy Era.

We’ve gone off daylight saving time. We’ve signed off on the national championships and the Brisbane Track Classic. The Stawell Gift is imminent as I write this. The northern hemisphere track season is just getting going. There are many ultra-marathon footwear in the market today and one of the...
If I’m recalling my year 12 physics correctly – which may be a risky proposition – two equal waves meeting as they cross a pond will cancel each other out at one point and perfectly reinforce each other at some other point. Choose the pinnacle of running excellence –...
When a runner makes a breakaway move in a marathon, one of the psychological advantages they seek is to disappear. To build enough of a lead that whenever the road crests a hill, turns a corner or rounds a blind bend, the leader cannot be seen by the pursuers....
When I think about books on running, and athletics more widely, it doesn’t take me long to think about Kenny Moore. Moore’s book – Best Efforts: World Class Runners and Races – along with Brian Lenton’s collected interviews in Off the Record and Through The Tape – was one of...
All Tarkine shoe sales this week receive a free bucket cap and pair of socks! Not Enough? USE CODE: TARKINE20 FOR 20% OFF YOUR ORDER Deal lasts until this Monday. For a while now, I have been trying to reconcile an apparent paradox in Australia’s championship marathon results. It’s a classic...
Said Aouita’s time in the early to mid-2000s as Australia’s national distance coach was controversial, to say the least. He charmed some, alarmed others – the Venn diagram of these two groups significantly overlapping – but life while he was in the position was always interesting.
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It’s been a mixed week for records. First, on the Friday night before the Pre Classic – the pre-Pre Classic? – Francine Niyonsaba won the women’s two-mile event in 8:59.08, missing the world record by just half-a-second.
  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Tarkine (takayna) (@tarkinerunning) Fair stands the wind - or does it? | A column by Len Johnson On Monday, 18 January 1932, sprinter Jim Carlton rocketed around the curved grass track on the Sydney Cricket Ground to win the Australian championships 220 yards...
  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Tarkine (takayna) (@tarkinerunning) Oslo – the Melbourne of the north | A column by Len Johnson A long time ago when we were all good young distance athletes, someone – Chris Wardlaw, I think – dubbed Melbourne the Oslo of the South....
                   

Brilliantly

SAFE!

2022