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I find Stephen Scullion in a coffee shop in Teddington. Barely a mile from the same track on which he’s plied his trade for almost 16 years, the same Bushy Park where shoeprints have left their mark from mile after mile of tempos, easy runs and the soul-searching in between. Scull, as he’s known to many, is an athlete whose achievements very few can hope to emulate but one who’s ambitions will have … Continue reading Stephen Scullion – Unfinished business
Sitting down with Dave Clarke, it’s almost impossible to distill a 20-year-long career into a few thousand words. 12 appearances at the World Cross-Country, three National XC titles and two decades racing the best in Europe, here’s our attempt; three races that made me. World Cross-Country Championships 1983 Riverside Park, Gateshead, 20th March 1983. Green and gold up front, a string vest resting on the torso of a moustachioed man who would become … Continue reading Dave Clarke – Three races that made me
A footballer three years ago, a distance runner in December, Callum Elson is now a bonafide miler. On 12 February 2022 Callum became the 217th Brit to run a sub-four-minute mile, finishing second in 3.59.71 at the BU Valentine meet in Boston, Massachusetts. Fast forward a month and Elson is the NCAA Div II Indoor Mile champion, winning a national title in just his fifth ever mile outing. It’s an eye-catching rise, one … Continue reading Callum Elson – from footballer to sub-four
The NCAA Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships will take place the weekend of March 11-12 at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s a schedule packed full of Brits to keep an eye out for. The full schedule can be found here closer to the time. This is being shown on ncaa.com but look out in the days leading up as there is a chance this will be broadcast on … Continue reading NCAA Indoor Champs – The Brits involved
Even if you wanted to, it would be almost impossible to replicate the approach to running of Jimmy Ashworth. The world, for better or worse has irrevocably changed. Jimmy’s a familiar face for many endurance fans but for most of his early life had little intention to get involved in the sport. Jogging for fitness “We got married, we had a young family and I was putting weight on. I thought I’ll do … Continue reading Jimmy Ashworth – “Running gets under your skin”
Josh Kerr’s quest for World Championship gold begins this Saturday over the mile at the Millrose Games, where he will face a star-studded field. The Scotsman, fresh from Tokyo bronze, faces an Olympic final re-run against 11th placer Ollie Hoare, as well as the challenge of a developing Hobbs Kessler. With Craig Engels and Clayton Murphy also making the field Kerr may seek to challenge Yomif Kejelcha’s world indoor record of 3.47.01, set … Continue reading Millrose Games 2022 Preview
“The only way you build consistency is being a step back” – Kris Jones and a summer of twin ambitions.
Kris Jones raced at the weekend in the Scottish Inter-District. He won, perhaps no great shock to many neutral observer but it was significant nonetheless. Kris hasn’t raced since last summer’s Olympic 10,000m trials. That day in June the Welshman ran 28.23.50, fifth Brit and crucially well under the Commonwealth Games standard. Since fast 10,000 m races are difficult to come by, he tells me that Birmingham felt like his last shot at getting … Continue reading “The only way you build consistency is being a step back” – Kris Jones and a summer of twin ambitions.
It is easy to see 2021 as a breakout year for Luke Duffy. A senior GB vest, Euro-Cross relay gold, three second personal bests in both the 800 (1.49.56) and 1500m (3.42.33). By most standards it was an impressive jump. But when you put it in context it suggests there’s plenty left to come. For three-quarters of 2021 Luke had no coach. The passing of George Gandy in October 2020 left the Loughborough … Continue reading “I need a strong character to coach me” – Luke Duffy on new beginnings with the Run Yard
“Perhaps people think they’ve got to slow down so they do” – Andrew Davies on running his best past 40.
Andrew Davies isn’t like most international athletes. Most don’t get their first senior coach at 33, run their fastest marathon at 40 and do it all on the back of a successful career as a semi-pro footballer. But for Andrew none of these facts seem extra-ordinary. They’re all logical progressions when you step out the door and keep moving forward. Junior success To say Andrew came out of the blue is somewhat disingenuous. … Continue reading “Perhaps people think they’ve got to slow down so they do” – Andrew Davies on running his best past 40.
Speaking to Rory Leonard you quickly get the sense of a man who knows he has found his fit. A GB international and a collegiate athletic powerhouse in Oklahoma State. Three and a half years to hone his craft. A family affair But it wasn’t always meant to be that way. Rory’s parents both went to Arkansas in the early 80s. Tony finished 29th in the 1982 NCAA XC Div One prior to … Continue reading “Performances out there are valued” – Rory Leonard on stateside ambitions.
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