Meet Sean Hartnett: Professor Marathon

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He’s known as Professor Marathon for his phenomenal all-around knowledge of the 26.2-mile distance, so SPIKES had to find out more about Sean Hartnett: writer, photographer, course mapper, technical expert and tactical guru; and his longstanding love affair with the iconic event.

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Top track masseur: “women have a much higher pain threshold than the men”

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Andy Miller’s healing hands have pushed, shoved and cajoled the likes of Ato BoldonMaurice Greene and 2009 world champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton (above) to glory.

SPIKES chats to the top US massage therapist about accidentally elbowing Andreas Thorkildsen, and why women are the toughest athletes on the treatment table.

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All-star Mr and Mrs: Dobriskey vs Soos

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As a Valentine’s Day special, Lisa Dobriskey and husband Ricky Soos take our Mr and Mrs challenge. So just how much does 2009 world 1500m silver medallist Lisa really know about her husband and coach Ricky?

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Joanna Hayes: Get your kits off and customise

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2004 Olympic 100m hurdles champion Joanna Hayes wants to see athletes wearing customised kits. 

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Athletics’ big thinker looks to rugby and cricket for inspiration

US 2004 Olympic shot put champion Adam Nelson is one of the sport’s great thinkers, and the vice president of the Track & Field Athletes Association. He believes the sport needs major structural reform.

“The problem with change is it usually means someone has to give up something – privacy, marketing rights, comfort – in order for the change to take place.  Allowing the media and fans greater access to the athletes during warm-up or in the call room requires the athletes to change the way they prepare.

"Opening the rules on athlete sponsorship requires a change in the dynamic between sponsors, agents, and athletes. New advances in drug testing are often accompanied by massive invasions of privacy. Changes to competitive rules usually require some acclimation. It doesn’t matter what you change, someone’s going to get frustrated with it.

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Green on Greene

Like many 90s kids, rising British 400m hurdles star Jack Green grew up in awe of the world’s fastest man, Maurice Greene.

“I had the initial connection through the name, albeit his is spelt slightly differently to mine! He was the first athlete I ever watched when I realised that sport could be entertainment, with his pre-race snarling and prowling.

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