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Brad starts the week slowly before finishing strong on the Stromlo trails with Team Telford, with the view to a hit out at Sydney:10 in a few weeks time.

Julian battles with his own body firstly with a sore back and then with a plantar cutting his long run short. Along the way he’s starstruck firstly by an Aussie Rules footy legend and then by the level of talent at Jells Park XC relays before representing Ballarat for the season opener.

Brady puts in another solid Quarters session before the long bus ride to the Jells Park XC Relays, putting in a solid time to get Bendigo the win in their division and ending the week chatting with teammate Andrew Buchanan before watching the London Marathon.

XCR’18 Round 1: Extended Highlights from Jells Park via Athletics Victoria

The boys discuss THREE marathons around the world, starting with Boston Marathon held in freezing conditions. It was the race for tough workers with Yuki Kawauchi of Japan and Desi Linden of USA taking out their respective races along with some surprises on the podium.

Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi and USA’s Desiree Linden win Boston Marathon

Yuki Kawauchi on Japan Running News:

Eluid Kipchoge looks effortless winning the London Marathon, while Mo Farah put in a gutsy effort with the pacesetters. There’s debate on the effectiveness of the pacers on whether there was the right pace and if there was more than enough of them.

Eliud Kipchoge wins the Virgin Money London Marathon

There’s a quick recap of the Canberra Marathon from the prior weekend while Julian laments over the lack of quick times in a major Australian city marathon while Brad gives some reasoning why.

Moose on Loose lays into the unfair criticism and sensationalism around Michael Shelley’s gold medal win at the Commonwealth Games, while Brad previews some upcoming guests in future weeks.

In Praise of Shelley – A column by Mark Tucker

This week’s guest is the versatile Jordan Gusman, chatting with Brad about his wide-ranging career, starting out with running short distance in Little Athletics and the transition into his prolific middle distance running.

Jordan gives insight to training in Dick Telford’s group and the adjustments made his training program, then recounts the emotional lead-up to his maiden sub-4 minute mile. He and Brad recap the track season gone by before opening up on his plans for the season ahead and how he evolves as a runner, as well as his pursuits outside of running.