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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.

A Column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Joseph Heller’s incomparable anti-war novel, Catch-22, is populated by a collection of bizarre characters, from the squadron commander, Major Major, to minor minor players. Take Dunbar, who decided to live as long as possible by making time pass as slowly as possible. Dunbar...
A Column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Cross-country: something for everybody. Just step outside and run. Invented by cave-dwellers fleeing mastodons, cross-country simply involves running as fast as you can – faster than a pre-historic predator, in any case – for as long as you can, over whatever terrain confronts...
By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe As the clock ticks remorselessly down towards midnight on 23 July, the qualification deadline for the world championships, there are still many athletes chasing the magical entry standards. Not just scrubbers either. Circumstances, and the narrower qualifying window (1 October, 2016, for most events), can...
A Column By Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Athletics is a broad church – unlike the Liberal Party, which only thinks it is. As Exhibit A, consider the Lausanne Diamond League meeting. Not only did we have athletes of all shapes and sizes competing in all disciplines from Olympic shot put...
Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe Whichever marathon host first had the idea of boosting entries by offering shorter distance options certainly did Australian races a great service. Take this year’s Gold Coast marathon. Four of Australia’s world championship marathoners are running. But Jess Trengove, Milly Clark, Jeff Hunt and Josh Harris...
Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe The Gold Coast marathon is approaching veteran status. Who would have thought? Not only that, but the event is looking pretty good as it closes in on its 40th staging and 40th birthday. The first Gold Coast marathon was in 1979, so the fortieth race will...
Something to be said for insomnia There’s not much to be said for insomnia. Nothing to be said for it, in fact, for those who suffer from the full-blown sleeping disorder. There’s little more to be said for the occasional sleepless night either, except that cable television offers options that we...
A Column by Len Johnson - Runner's Tribe While we’ve been wondering who might ever beat Mo Farah, not to mention how they might do it, a quiet revolution has been going on in distance running. That would be women’s distance running we are talking about. World records are being broken,...
A column by Len Johnson – Runner’s Tribe Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This definition is attributed to Albert Einstein. It has also become such an over-used cliché, according to the smarty-pants people at news and opinion website Salon, that further use...
No 10,000m at Pre', plus Rio medals returned. A column by Len Johnson – Runner’s Tribe No Mo' Ten Pardon me. The realisation hit late. It is the eve of the Prefontaine Classic and I have just noticed there is no 10,000. It may not have the storied history of our own Zatopek...