Leading athletics photographer Jiro Mochizuki has produced an album of exclusive pictures, of the life and career of his friend Haile Gebrselassie. Here, Mochizuki’s tells the story behind some of his favourites from Haile Gebrselassie: Emperor of Long Distance.
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.
Hugh Brasher is in his first year of sole responsibility as race director of the Virgin London Marathon. We chat to Hugh, whose father Chris was a co-founder of the race, about his expectations for this Sunday’s mammoth event.
Dubbed ‘Professor Marathon’ by Ethiopian distance running icon Haile Gebrselassie, Sean Hartnett is the go-to-guy for all things marathoning. The American tactical and technical analyst offers us nine reasons why Olympic track champion Mo Farah will be a big hit when he makes his marathon debut in London next year.
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.
Wouldn’t it be great to see just how far certain athletes would go if they dedicated themselves to a different event? SPIKES picks five athletes that we’d love to see unleash their talents on another discipline…
Heartbreak Hill, a milestone in gender equality, more than a century of history and the most major of Majors: the Boston Marathon has it all. Read the SPIKES guide to the one of our sport’s greatest races.
Our weekend in numbers round-up sees Ashton Eaton getting even better, a world’s best in the 100m hurdles shuttle relay, Tyson Gay losing to his sister, US 400m hurdler Kori Carter looking scarily good, big news marathon and an unbeatable race walker.
The Unknown Runner follows the story of Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipsang on the long road to his marathon debut. SPIKES speaks exclusively to Dutch director Boudewijn De Kemp, to find out what the film can teach us about the most successful nation of distance runners on the planet.
After Jess Coulson sang herself to under-23 Eurocross gold last week it got SPIKES thinking: always a dangerous prospect. We’ve picked out ten tunes you didn’t even know were about athletics. Or at least we like to think they were. Take it away, Jay…
10. Jay-Z – Run This Town It seems pretty obvious to us that Jay, Rhianna and Kanye got together on this track in tribute to their pal Diddy, who ran the New York Marathon.