Prior to this year’s athletics world champs, Nick Willis was in desperate need for a competitive race, so he decided to organise his own one-miler. Find out how he got 4,000 people to turn up and watch…
After winning gold and silver at the past two world 1500m finals, the USA’s Jenny Simpson, 27, is earning a reputation for being a master at performing when it really matters. Here are her top tips for getting it right at a major championships…
Brenda Martinez is one of the genuine ‘break-out’ middle-distance stars of 2013. The world 800m bronze medallist, after a “crazy” race in Moscow, talks exclusively to SPIKES about a life spent running, a life-changing coach and an assault on the US record books.
In preparation for Moscow, SPIKES has tracked down 10 great world champions to ask them about their first golden moment. Lastly but by no means leastly, super Svetlana Masterkova tells us about winning her maiden 1500m gold in Seville, aged 31.
He’s as quick as Usain Bolt over 40m, is a former pole vaulter, and fancies himself as a potential triple jumper. Meet Gloucester winger and recent England call-up Jonny May, a man who owes some of his rugby success to the sport of athletics.
Aussie Josh Harris, 22, slashed more than four seconds from the beer mile world record with an unratified 5:04.9 at the Parkville event in Melbourne last weekend. SPIKES caught up with Harris to find out more about the art of chucking beer down your neck and running very fast.
To mark his 40th birthday, long-distance great Haile Gebrselassie picks out his favourite moments from a glittering athletics career. Read about his accidental marathon debut, his ultimate frival Paul Tergat and his five favourite races.
Ahead of West Ham’s visit to Liverpool on Sunday, SPIKES catches up with pacy winger and former long distance runner Matt Jarvis, on the perils of mixing football and track; knocking it long to Usain Bolt and playing at the scene of Super Saturday.
Suzy Walsham sneers at escalators and laughs at lifts. On Wednesday she’ll be powering up 1,576 steps, 86 floors and a quarter of a mile to the top of the Empire State Building in the ultimate skycraper race. SPIKES just had to ask the multiple tower running champion: WHY?
If she wasn’t a middle distance supremo, Morgan Uceny could be standing in as Hilary Swank’s double, taking nature photographs or, worryingly, still be flushing dresses down the loo. The American reveals all to SPIKES…