If in the first decade you don’t succeed…

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Johan Cronje trudged through 11 years of hurt, frustration and near-misses – but won a world 1500m bronze in Moscow last year. SPIKES charts the South African’s incredibly long and painful route to glory.

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Ben and Jenny’s

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World 1500m silver medallist Jenny Simpson describes herself as an ‘ice cream connoisseur’. SPIKES explores her passion for the sweet treat, and asked her to describe her rivals in ice cream flavours…

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How to organise your own track meet

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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…

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Jenny Simpson: How to perform when it counts

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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…

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A life spent running

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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.

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The moment I became champion of the world #10 – Masterkova

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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.

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Jonny May: “Speed is a very important part of my game”

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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.

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Meet the world’s fastest beer miler

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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.

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Haile exclusive: my life in running

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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.

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SPIKES meets the fastest Hammer

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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.

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She’s in fashion

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sanya Richards-Ross has as many shoes as she does race wins, and that’s saying something. Read on to find out how fast she can go in stilettos…

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Winning in style: SRR at the 2008 US Olympic Trials

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Stair master: “I live in a 30-story building, training is literally at my doorstep.”

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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?

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