Home Features

Features

Latest feature articles, blogs, interviews and news from the world of track and field

A 3:32.17 win for Stewart McSweyn over 1500 in Zagreb on Tuesday night (15 September), was a national record of sorts, the second, 7:28.02 two days later for third over 3000 in Rome, was some sort of national record, taking down no less than the great Craig Mottram by some four seconds.
Jessica Hull broke the Australian record for 1500 metres in Berlin on Sunday (13 February), taking it down to 4:00.42 in finishing third behind Britain’s pair of Lauras, Muir and Weightman.
asmanian, Stewart McSweyn, has smashed Craig Mottram's 3000m Australian record, set in Athens in 2006, by a whopping 4 seconds.  Competing at the Rome Diamond League, McSweyn ran aggressively, confidently and with purpose from the gun. But an Australian record is just the start. McSweyn is now the 17th fastest 3000m runner in the history of world athletics. If he was an Australian swimmer, he would be a household name. McSweyn's time; 7:28.02, to Mottram's previous record of 7:32.19.  The run was also a 6.77 second personal best for McSweyn.
My whole athletic career I have always been interested in how other athletes prepare themselves for a big session or race. This is definitely an aspect to training a lot of people don’t focus on much, however, growing up and moving through the different phases of my running career,...
But Hull wasn't done. In what is perhaps her pet event, the 1500m, most were assuming it was just a matter of time before Linden Hall's mark of 4:00.86 set in 2018 would also fall. In Berlin, conditions were ideal for Hull.  A pacemaker was arranged for Scottish star Laura Muir, the rabbit went out on sub-4 1500m pace. Hull sat in behind second place finisher Laura Weightman for the majority of the race. The Steve Cram coached English athlete was just a little too strong for Hull, but it gave her the perfect rabbit, as they raced just milliseconds apart over the final 200m.
Published 12-09-2020 It’s 20 years to the day that the Olympic Games kicked off in Sydney. Or it will be on Tuesday, 15 September. That’s if you’re reading this on 15 September, and you reckon the Olympic Games commence with the Opening Ceremony, which would seem to be the implication of...
This is our second ever review for Under Armour, not a brand that many runners consider in their daily line-up, but they make legit shoes, and seem to busting some big moves. In the USA recently, they have announced the sponsorship of a new distance training squad, the ‘UA Dark Sky Distance Team’. Let’s hope the same programs roll out across Australia as well. Cash UA, our athletes’ need cash.The UA HOVR Phantom 2 is a high mileage everyday training shoe. Think Pegasus, Nimbus, Clifton, Triumph etc. This shoe feels good, looks good, and rivals all of those.We took our pair through 140km of road and trails.
We are back with the one of the most successful daily trainers of all-time, the Nike Pegasus. Nike’s Peg 37 comes with some significant changes from the 36. Namely, the use of React Foam throughout, instead of Nike’s Cushlon foam used in the 36. There is also an extra 2mm of cushioning, and changes made to the outsole. We took our pair through 160km of road and trails.
26 year old Scottish middle distance runner, Jake Wightman, has had a fruitful 2020. After Covid-19 disrupted his Olympic and European Championship campaigns, Wightman went into a period of training, and experimented with more speed work. It's a strategy that has paid off for the Edinburgh based athlete. In Monaco, August 14 2020, Wightman stormed to 2nd on the all-time UK rankings list clocking 3:29.47. Only Mo Farah remains in front of Wightman, with this 3:28.81 set in 2013. It propels Wightman past some very famous names; Steve Cram, Steve Ovett, and of course Sebastian Coe.
The mind, like the body requires ongoing T.L.C to remain healthy. It took me about three decades and a few key moments to fully appreciate this : )  London’s 2012 Olympic Games was one of these moments.  The anticipation and excitement that I felt between crossing the Marathon finish line in...