Below is an excerpt from the up and coming Australian Athlete Magazine, due to be released December, 2019. A jam-packed magazine, the ideal Christmas present or summer reading material. 

By Julian Spence

The 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships were hosted by the city of Doha, Qatar. In 2014, when the announcement of the host city was made, I paid very little notice. My five-year-old marathon PR of 2:27 was as underwhelming as my training diary.

Five years later and I was selected as the sole male Australian marathoner. The location actually played a big part in my selection, as those with faster qualifying times than me; Liam Adams, Brett Robinson and Jack Rayner, all decided that running a marathon at midnight in the Middle East might not be in the best interests for their Tokyo 2020 campaign…..

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