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A Column By Jaryd Clifford

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,...
A column by Jaryd Clifford – Runner’s Tribe Standing on the submerged start line in the middle of Oakbank Racecourse, shivering and shin deep in mud, I was utterly bewildered at my predicament. I was thirteen, a diminutive figure preparing to run in the National Cross Country. It was something I...
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....
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...
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...
A column by Jaryd Clifford – Runner’s Tribe On the start line amidst the shadows of descending dusk, Keely Small stood in the wings of history. Her head held aloft, arms slightly parted from her body, her eyes stared fiercely ahead, unblinking and determined. She was only fifteen. For this fleeting...
A column by Jaryd Clifford – Runner’s Tribe “Fall down seven times, stand up eight” – Japanese Proverb Carrara stadium was a furnace and the mondo was on fire. Flames licked at the heels of any runner that stepped foot on the track last weekend. It either ignited incredible performance, or, contrastingly...
A column by Jaryd Clifford – Runner’s Tribe When David Rudisha came to Australia to kick-start his Olympic title defence in 2016, the expectation was that it would be a procession of royalty. After all, he was the king of the track, an Olympic legend and the fastest half-miler the world...
A column by Jaryd Clifford – Runner’s Tribe Dreams and nightmares are conflicting phenomena. One is what we endeavour for, the reason for the toil; the other is simply what we hope never takes place, the dreaded disaster. In running, they are untamed beasts, bestowed with unbridled power, wilfully determining the...
Written by Jaryd Clifford - Runner's Tribe Adam Didyk & Team Tempo: Putting South Australia back on the running map It was a brilliant stroke of genius during a despondent period that propelled Adam Didyk down the path of coaching. At a dinner table in 2007, uncertainty filled the conversation. He...
                             
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