Marathon running –  the big build up

Marathon running –  the big build up

It’s funny how people think that running must be easy for me because I once won two gold medals in running events. Comments like “Do you think you could run within 30s of your personal best in an 800m or 1500m race now?’’ “Are you going out to win the 5k parkrun?” and “You must have done loads of long...
Runners beware  –  don’t end up on crutches like I did!

Runners beware  –  don’t end up on crutches like I did!

I learned a big lesson leading up to my first Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996: trainers are not just trainers. As this weekend we see British athletes take on the best in Europe in the European Indoor Athletics Championships, I reflect on my 12 year international athletics career and ponder what simple tips I can pass on to those runners...