This week’s episode is sponsored by New Balance, New Balance’s Fresh Foam X version 12 range represents a revolutionary advancement in the material that cushions the high impact foot strikes that occur on roads, tracks, courts, and fields everywhere. 

Brad cruises through the week with some intervals on the treadmill.

Julian gets an update on his knee and spends more time paddling with the Blue Doctor.

Brady comes 6th in the returning Run For The Kids fun run, then misses his wife’s race finish.

It was a busy weekend at the Australia National Track & Field Championships, as Jessica Hull secured her place for the Athletics World Championships in Eugene winning a hotly contested 5000m ahead of Rose Davies, as Matt Ramsden won the men’s 5000m ahead of Sam McEntee.

It was the usual suspects in the 800m Finals with Peter Bol and Catriona Bisset once again taking the top spots in the podium for national titles. The race also marked the retirement of four-time Olympian Jeff Risely.

 

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Abbey Caldwell made her breakthrough taking the Women’s 1500m title over Georgia Griffith and Linden Hall, while Oli Hoare made it a fast one to secure his ticket to Oregon ahead of Matt Ramsden. In the 3000m Steeplechase, Matt Clarke won ahead of Team Tempo teammate Max Stevens, while fellow Olympian Amy Cashin of Western Athletics won her maiden national title over Brielle Erbacher.

Athletics

Australia Results Hub

Australian Champs Recap: Dubler, Hull, Bol, Bisset, Hoare and More

The Newcastle Marathon was won by Sarah Klein in a Commonwealth Games qualifier of 2:30:49, just ahead of training partner Ben Kelly.

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Ed Goddard also posted a Commonwealth Games qualifier running 2:13:45 for 5th place at Manchester Marathon, England.

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Marathon Results

 

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Ky Robinson wins the 5000m at the Stanford Invitational in 13:23.

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Charlie Hunter, 3rd fastest over 800m 1:44.35, and current Indoor 800m Record Holder 1:45.59 chats with Luke Mathews starting with a recap of the recent National Track & FIeld Championships and reasons for visiting home, talking about the tactics to race against Peter Bol as well as representing Australia in the World Indoor Athletic Championships earlier in March.

Charlie takes it back to the start growing up in Gosford and his dedication within an unusual training system and the trial by fire representing Australia at the World Cross Championships in Guitang, China. They then progress to joining the Melbourne Track Club, having Jeff Risely to mentor him into running culture and learning what it takes to succeed as well as what type of coaching works and doesn’t work.

Charlie explains the process of eligibility and recruitment for the University of Oregon, then persevering with the program despite transition of coaches and renovations of Hayward Field while still developing as a runner. Charlie explains what it was like to have teammates like James West, Cooper Teare & Cole Hocker while the training system of coach 

Ben Thomas comes to fruition, going into the specifics of training and structure that lead to some breakout performances in 2020 before the pandemic swept the globe laying down the foundation to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Charlie explains to Luke the moment he established himself in the 800m despite being poised as a miler, how he broke two Australian Indoor Records in 24 hours and the significance of being a Duck at Hayward Field for the NCAA Championships.

From there Charlie recounts his journey for the Tokyo Olympics, starting from when he qualified by running the then-second fastest Australian 800m of all time in 1:44.35, then on to the experience of the Olympics while managing a calf strain before finding inspiration in Pat Tiernan’s gutsy performance to be aggressive in the 800m Semi-Final.

Rounding out this interview Charlie goes into the next phase of his career post-Olympics, talking through the process of exploring options to ultimately sign a professional contract with Nike and joining the Union Track Club, giving insight to the group and structure under Pete Julian, training alongside Donovan Brazier, Craig Engels as well as giving insight to the polarised approach and intensity of workouts then closing with some of his preparations for the championship season ahead.

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