A Column By Len Johnson

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.

That ‘70s show – A column by Len Johnson

A Column by Len Johnson – Runner’s Tribe  There wasn’t much reason to remember the 1970s – apart from the fact that we could. It was the decade we regained our memories. It followed the ‘60s and, as everyone knows,...

A fitting anniversary, but not in the way you think

A column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe  When Nike announced recently that its ‘window’ for the attempt to run the first sub-two hour marathon was 5-7 May, an intriguing possibility was raised. The date dead-centre in the window, 6 May,...

Muddle-distance races test the nerve

A Column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Crikey. No sooner do we write in defence of Matt Centrowitz’s tactics in the Rio Olympic men’s 1500 metres final than we get an Australian championships replete with races run on what...

The future of XC is at stake – again!

A column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Ladies and Gentleman, we present for your entertainment a battle for one of the heavyweight titles of athletics – the world cross-country championships. In the red corner, the defending champion, a course over...

Mona a creature of (good) habits

A Column By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe It is entirely fitting that Steve Moneghetti’s induction into the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame should have been announced the week of the world cross-country championships. Despite his great achievements at the marathon...

From Rabat to Kampala – The Aussies at the World Cross-Country Championships

From Rabat to Kampala A Colum By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe This Sunday, the Australian teams to contest the world cross-country championships leave for Kampala. It is just on 42 years since Australia first contested the event in Rabat, Morocco,...
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Blink and you’ll miss it: A Column By Len Johnson

A Column By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Being a selector is often a thankless task – literally, in the sense that not many of those selected ever think to say ‘thank you’, and, figuratively, in the sense that it...

Ideas Whose Time Has Not Come: A Column By Len Johnson

Written by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come,” Victor Hugo is reputed to once have said. Like many such ‘quotes’, this may not be a precise rendition of the French poet...

‘Deek’ at 60; Herb a little older – Happy Birthday to some of our...

Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe One of the beneficiaries of the decision to compete in Moscow was Rob de Castella, who made his first of four Olympic teams in the marathon. ‘Deek’ finished tenth in the marathon in Moscow, his first...

A Dog in the Fight: A Column By Len Johnson

Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Have we got a dog in the fight is the basic question self-interest asks itself whenever a dispute flares. In other words, have we got an interest beyond the fact that many humans are drawn towards...

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