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Steve Moneghetti The Inspiration of a Generation © 2020 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved “I ran as many days as I could. No idea how many in a row, but over 15 years I missed very few days.” – Steve Moneghetti Profile Coach: Chris Wardlaw Date of birth: 26/9/1962 Hometown: Ballarat Date of...
“There are lots of elements to running a successful marathon and I’ll bet insights into them are woven throughout all of the interviews in this book!”  – Lisa Ondieki © 2020 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. Lisa Ondieki certainly rates as Australia’s top female marathoner, her 1988 Olympic silver medal...
© 2020 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. “A lot of people thought I was crazy with the training that I undertook, and maybe I was.”  - Derek Clayton   In 2017 Runner’s Tribe published a book referred to as ‘The Bible of Australian Marathon Running’. This 347-page paperback publication interviews Australia’s...
No-one can say they didn’t see it coming. Stewart McSweyn had already made close approaches to Ryan Gregson’s national record for 1500 metres in Stockholm and Zagreb before he tore a chunk off it the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday night (25/9).
It took 24 months, not 18, for McSweyn to find his groove, but in this Covid-19 impacted year, McSweyn has certainly made the most of it.  In a shortened European season. McSweyn has claimed the Australian 3000m record, on September 17 in Rome, and now the men's 1500m record clocking 3:30.51 in Doha.
It may be going a step too far to acclaim Magic Monday, day four of track and field competition at the Sydney Olympics, as perfect. Just as with records, one great day of athletics competition can eventually be surpassed by another. But it would be fair to say that anything better, even by the merest poofteenth, would have been perfect. Topped by Cathy Freeman’s resounding victory in the 400 metres, a victory which, even if for a moment only, united a nation, reconciling Australia with a past it has all too often wished out of existence, the day’s nine finals generated wave after wave of emotion which, as they mutually reinforced each other, grew into a tsunami.
In 2017 Runner’s Tribe published a book referred to as ‘The Bible of Australian Marathon Running’. This 347-page paperback publication interviews Australia’s 10 fastest ever female and male marathon runners, and dives deep into their training, race preparation, diet and much more. In this exclusive feature article for Runner’s Tribe Addict, we bring you some of the coolest snippets from the book; we take a look at some of these amazing athlete’s favourite sessions. Athletes studied: Lee Troop - Something to Prove Lisa Weightman - More than just a Marathoner Pat Carroll - The True Competitor Benita Willis - Our Fastest Ever Derek Clayton - Leading the Way Robert de Castella - ‘Deeks’ de Master                    Steve Moneghetti - The Inspiration of a Generation Lisa Ondieki - Track & Mileage: To the Extreme Brad Camp - Complete Dedication Jessica Trengove - Genuinely Inspiring
This article was written with the help from Snell's classic book, NO BUGLES NO DRUMS   Profile Snell won three Olympic gold medals during his career, including winning both the 800 and 1500 metres at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Born: 17 December 1938, Opunake, New Zealand Died: 12 December 2019, Dallas, Texas,...
‘A Body Built on Pain’ The Training of Herb Elliott © 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. “I find that orthodox training is drudgery because it’s so unnatural to run for hours on end on a circular track.”   - Herb Elliott Sources The Golden Mile, by Herb Elliott as told to...
Sunday night spent reliving those wonderful moments in Sydney as Catherine Freeman took the gold medal in the 400 metres. Wake up Friday morning to learn that Stewart McSweyn has taken down the national record in the 3000 at Rome’s Golden Gala Diamond League. Not a bad week, you’d have to say. Even better when you factor in a national record 4:00.42 for Jessica Hull in Berlin, yet another fast 1500 by McSweyn in Zagreb, winning there in 3:32.17 just a few days before Rome. Or Nicola McDermott getting over 1.95 metres to take third place in the Rome high jump.