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A Column By Jaryd Clifford

Philo Saunders set to challenge Bernard Lagat’s World Record – “I’ve never thought about how old I am. Just how well I’m running.” Written by Jaryd Clifford - Runner's Tribe It is a cold morning in Flagstaff. A group of runners emerge onto a quiet mountain road in the surrounding forest. The...
LINDEN HALL | A column by Jaryd Clifford – Runner’s Tribe In 99 years, Hayward Field has built a legacy steeped in history. From the mythical genius Steve Prefontaine to our own hero Craig Mottram, its stories will last forever in the fabled pages of running folklore. Now in its final hours,...
As Michael Roeger’s body ground to a halt along the Embankment in London earlier this year, the crowd hushed, their breaths held in unison as they bore witness to the dramatic cruelty of the marathon. Mercilessly, it seemed, the historic distance was only moments away from claiming yet another...
A column by Jaryd Clifford – Runner’s Tribe Under the African sun, a furious game of football is in full flight. The young boys dart around the pitch, their skinny legs whirring a hypnotic dance. The dust they kick-up ascends into a cloud of fire that rains down on them,...
By Jaryd Clifford | Australian Athlete Some races you never forget. They ingrain themselves in nostalgic memory, a reminder of human spirit and the will of the battling competitor. Over time, the characters become larger than life, their battles mythologised in storytelling. It is in these races that the greats...
Written by Jaryd Clifford - Runner's Tribe Six seconds in the marathon is nothing, but for Liam Adams, it was everything. For a fleeting moment after crossing the finish line of the Gold Coast Marathon, frustration erupted. “Fuck. That was weak as piss. You stuffed that up,” he yelled. Stumbling...
A column by Jaryd Clifford – Runner’s Tribe The moments preceding dawn are laden with mystery. There is a glowing darkness during this time, a sense that even the shadows seem friendlier. An atmospheric calm sweeps the land with the tiniest breath of wind. The world is at its most peaceful....
By Jaryd Clifford - Runner's Tribe To be a champion miler is to conquer the quintessential distance. Demanding explosive speed, gritty endurance, and a clever mind, it truly tests all facets of a runner. With glory and heartbreak separated by the most agonising of margins, those that take part brave...
Written by Jaryd Clifford - (c) Runner's Tribe Everyone knows David Rudisha, but only some people know James Turner. This is a loss for the Australian running community. Let me tell you why. At the 2016 Paralympic Games, twenty-year-old James Turner dominated the T36 800m, a race for athletes with cerebral...
A column by Jaryd Clifford – Runner’s Tribe On the start line, Brad Mathas stands motionless. Around him, other runners restlessly meander. Inside his head are a thousand thoughts and one – there is no option to fail. In the quiet that precedes the splitting cry of the gun, he can...