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Paperback Writer | The dream job

A year ago a British YouGov poll asked what was the most desirable job you could have, and the top three most desirable jobs that came back were being an author, a librarian and an academic. A whopping 60% of respondents said working as a full time author was their...

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Flag Waving in Rio

Despite the turmoil eating away at the IAAF in 2016, this year is a special one, being an Olympic year. In eight months’ time we will have a cracker track and field competition underway at Engenhão Stadium in Rio de Janerio, and I for one can’t wait. As some...

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WADA, IAAF & All That

When I retired from running in 1991,  one reason was because I’d become a father and I had decided I wanted to focus on being a family man rather than an absent parent who was off running all the time. In the background to deciding that, I’d also reached a point where...

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2016 What I’m Expecting

It’s day three into 2016 and with nothing much having happened yet, it’s still early enough to have a ponder about what this year might hold. 2016 is a leap-year and it’s also an Olympic year with the eyes of the world set to focus firmly on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...

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The Beer Mile

The second official Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships were held in Austin Texas on December 1st. The timing of the event is conveniently placed between the end of the American cross country season and anything else kicking off. For the first time the current...

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Autobiographies and Data Black Holes

When I was a kid and an aspiring track star, I drew inspiration from the autobiographies of the greats. My dad had three autobiographies which I read over and over to glean what I could, and to immerse myself into their world. In many ways I suppose that was my first...

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What’s Behind the Times?

After I wrote No Wind, I read a reviewer commenting on another running novel I’d come across. The reviewer had a bee in his bonnet about the ridiculously fast times in running novels that he’d read previously. For him such crazy fast times were too unbelievable for...

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