A Column By Jaryd Clifford

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...
The Leonora Golden Gift kicked off on Thursday in spectacular fashion. Under the guidance of professional running coach Raf Baugh, a record number of local school kids – aged five to eighteen – took part in an athletics clinic preparing them for the weekend’s races. The day proved to...
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...
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...
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...
James Hansen, the sixty-ninth Australian to run a mile in under four-minutes, waited in the wings. He covered every move, stalking the leaders with flawless precision. It is easy to spot him amidst the fray, built for the brawl, his arms swinging like a barrage of punches. Hansen, now aged twenty-five, has run in six Australian 1500m finals, never medalling. This race, the 2018 Commonwealth Games trials, would be the most agonising. For a fleeting moment, with only fifty metres left to run, he hit the front. Besieged by the nation’s best milers, he dared to dream of winning. It was not to be. In the final strides, it all unravelled, swamped on the line in an unforgivable falter. For the second time in his career, he would finish fourth, only five one-hundredths-of-a-second shy of the medal he so desperately wanted to win.
Written by Jaryd Clifford Harry Summers hit rock bottom in December 2017. Under the influence of alcohol, he chose to get behind the wheel of his car. It was a decision that nearly cost him his life when a few minutes later he crashed into a light pole. When police...
In 1998, a young runner from New South Wales lay shattered on the Olympic Park track in Melbourne. His name was Martin Dent, and moments earlier he had come to a grinding halt, his panic-stricken face awash with realisation. It was the Australian junior steeplechase final, and while leading the race, he had forgotten to hurdle the all-important water jump. His race was over, and there was nothing he could do. It was his fault, and he knew it. Rising slightly from the track, he began to pummel his fist into the ground, his frustration released in a brief, yet unforgettable tirade. It was this fierce passion that would one day take him to the Olympic Games, and make him one of the toughest runners in Australian history.
By Jaryd Clifford  - Runner's Tribe One week after Melbourne's historic Olympic Park bore witness to its final Zatopek 10,000m in 2010, a motley crew of nineteen runners and two pacemakers filed onto Geelong's Landy Field to toe the line in a comparatively modest race of the same distance. With...
                   

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