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Let’s keep this on the record, shall we. Having considered recently how much credibility should be given to some of the world records set this year (Please Buy This Record, RT 18 October), let’s look this time at the quantity of records set by Australian duo Jessica Hull and Stewart McSweyn. Hull took down Benita Willis’s national record for 5000 metres when she ran 14:43.80 in Monaco and then Linden Hall’s national mark for 1500 with a 4:00.42 in Berlin. Finally, she ran 8:36.03 for 3000 in Doha to slice a couple of seconds off Willis’s former 3000 record. Earlier in the year, Hull ran 4:04.14 in Boston to take the indoor 1500 record from Melissa Duncan.
This episode of Inside Running Podcast is proudly brought to you by Runderwear. You can enter the competition here https://www.runderwear.net.au/pages/inside-running-competition-2020 Julian’s back doing sessions and revelling in the group dynamic. Brad still keeps his spot on the podcast with fitting in running between his gym work. Brady froths over his upcoming race in a...
HOKA Rocket X Shoe Review
HOKA ONE ONE, the brand known for its max cushioned shoes and metarocker midsole geometry, were second to the table. In 2019 they dropped their Carbon X road racing shoe, all reports indicate they sold like hot cakes. Now zoom to the end of 2020, and HOKA have just launched the Rocket X (dropping soon in Australia). It is to be viewed like the Carbon X, but slightly faster, subtly better.  Its stack height is slightly lower, and the shoe is lighter.   Running in the Rocket X feels more like a traditional shoe than a HOKA. The wide base of a Clifton (and most models) is gone, trimmed down to increase performance. The midsole foam used by HOKA is still their proprietary EVA, they haven’t switched to PEBAX foam used in a few other road racing shoes. The midsole foam found in the Rocket X is the lightest foam that HOKA has ever produced.  The EVA foam works for HOKA, and if it ain’t broke…. Runner’s Tribe took the Rockets through three sessions (15km in total).
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ASICS Australia have announced the inaugural ASICS World Ekiden 2020: the ultimate team challenge that will see teams of up to six people from all over the world come together to complete a combined marathon. Inspired by a century of Japanese running culture, the race will be split into six legs of varying distances, making it perfect for runners of all abilities and experience.
Justin Scarvaci wins the Margaret River Ultra men's race
A record field of 1,258 participants took to the trails along the Cape to Cape coastline in south-west Western Australia at the third annual Margaret River Ultra Marathon on Saturday 17 October, 2020. In one of Australia’s only ultra-marathons this year, Justin Scarvaci and Claire O’Brien-Smith were first across the line in the solo male and female categories respectively, after a testing, yet rewarding 80km point to point course in perfect conditions.
The On Cloudflyer is designed for runners who enjoy a decent amount of support, ON refer to it as 'supreme support'.  Without being a maximally cushioned shoe (check out the Cloudstratus or the Cloudace for a little more cushion), with stack heights of 20mm (forefoot) and 27mm (heel), it packs enough cushioning for most runners, but is still ways off the max cushioned shoes such as the HOKA Bondi or Asics Glideride. Runner’s Tribe were lucky enough to put a pair of Cloudflyers through their paces. Below is our review.
After a short but tiring season, athlete Sifan Hassan has decided not to participate in World Athletics Half Marathon Championships is Gdynia, Poland.
The Margaret River Ultra Marathon is happening this Saturday 17 October with a record 1,300 participants set to test their physical limits in one of Australia’s only ultra-marathon events for 2020.
In the mid-2000s, a long-haired, mustacheo’d D3 runner burst onto the scene and started challenging Jon and the other top milers in the country. That runner was Will Leer, who along with his friend and rival Nick Symmonds, emerged from the D3 collegiate scene to become mainstays at the top of US middle distance running.
Sifan Hassan (Ned) has set a new European record on the 10.000m at the FBK After Summer Competition in Hengelo, the Netherlands. Hassan crossed the line in 29:36:67 after 25 laps in rainy conditions to beat the previous record of Paula Ratcliffe which stood at 30:01:09 since 2002.