Backstraight Boys (& Girl) Athletics Chat

Fiendish Trials, Canny Tactics, and Upholding a Legacy: Our British Men's Middle Distance Special

March 21, 2020 Backstraight Boys (& Girl) Season 1 Episode 59
Backstraight Boys (& Girl) Athletics Chat
Fiendish Trials, Canny Tactics, and Upholding a Legacy: Our British Men's Middle Distance Special
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Backstraight Boys (& Girl) Athletics Chat
Fiendish Trials, Canny Tactics, and Upholding a Legacy: Our British Men's Middle Distance Special
Mar 21, 2020 Season 1 Episode 59
Backstraight Boys (& Girl)

We'll level with you: this might be a middle distance special, but it's the length of a marathon. It's an hour and forty-eight minutes of athletics chat, including four substantial interviews with a quartet of Great Britain's finest current 800 and 1500 metre racers. You could get half way through the responsibly-spaced queue at your local Tesco's in that time.

'The optimal length for a podcast episode is between 40 and 50 minutes', the received wisdom will tell you. 

Well, we've a few responses to that:

1) You've nothing better to do right now. You've either cancelled all your plans (like Bayo); you're waiting for this whole thing to blow over in your holiday home (like Jody); or you actually have the virus, and so are a mopey, isolated mess (like Claire). This will help with *any* of those.

2) We are enjoying incredible success in middle distance disciplines right now, leaving us all nostalgic for the Cram/Coe/Ovett era, and getting us super excited for what is to come. Six out of twelve available medals won at last year's European Juniors, and three Brits toeing the 1500 metre start line in Doha last year. British trials are now world-class affairs. This is a hot topic. It merits the time.

3) The guests we have on are fabulous. Jake Wightman leads the charge, with Scottish records, European and Commonwealth medals, and a 5th-place global finish to his name. Jamie Webb has burst onto the scene, and - with that European Indoors silver and a 1:44.52 personal best - this Chemistry teacher has all the elements to make his mark on the international stage (sorry...). Josh Kerr headed to the States as a 17-year-old, where he won multiple NCAA medals and set the collegiate 1500 metre record, before staying out there to run for Brooks, place 6th in Doha, and start his own podcast ('Sit & Kick': check it out). Oliver Dustin is the reigning European U20 Champion, but - most excitingly - loves tactical racing, and knows he's plenty more to give as he progresses to the senior ranks. You really want to hear what these speedsters have to say.

You see our point. So - what are you waiting for? Download, buckle up, and enjoy the longest we've ever gone without interviewing a Sprint Queen...

Twitter: @BackstraightB & @Claire_GThomas
Instagram: @BackstraightBoysPodcast

Show Notes

We'll level with you: this might be a middle distance special, but it's the length of a marathon. It's an hour and forty-eight minutes of athletics chat, including four substantial interviews with a quartet of Great Britain's finest current 800 and 1500 metre racers. You could get half way through the responsibly-spaced queue at your local Tesco's in that time.

'The optimal length for a podcast episode is between 40 and 50 minutes', the received wisdom will tell you. 

Well, we've a few responses to that:

1) You've nothing better to do right now. You've either cancelled all your plans (like Bayo); you're waiting for this whole thing to blow over in your holiday home (like Jody); or you actually have the virus, and so are a mopey, isolated mess (like Claire). This will help with *any* of those.

2) We are enjoying incredible success in middle distance disciplines right now, leaving us all nostalgic for the Cram/Coe/Ovett era, and getting us super excited for what is to come. Six out of twelve available medals won at last year's European Juniors, and three Brits toeing the 1500 metre start line in Doha last year. British trials are now world-class affairs. This is a hot topic. It merits the time.

3) The guests we have on are fabulous. Jake Wightman leads the charge, with Scottish records, European and Commonwealth medals, and a 5th-place global finish to his name. Jamie Webb has burst onto the scene, and - with that European Indoors silver and a 1:44.52 personal best - this Chemistry teacher has all the elements to make his mark on the international stage (sorry...). Josh Kerr headed to the States as a 17-year-old, where he won multiple NCAA medals and set the collegiate 1500 metre record, before staying out there to run for Brooks, place 6th in Doha, and start his own podcast ('Sit & Kick': check it out). Oliver Dustin is the reigning European U20 Champion, but - most excitingly - loves tactical racing, and knows he's plenty more to give as he progresses to the senior ranks. You really want to hear what these speedsters have to say.

You see our point. So - what are you waiting for? Download, buckle up, and enjoy the longest we've ever gone without interviewing a Sprint Queen...

Twitter: @BackstraightB & @Claire_GThomas
Instagram: @BackstraightBoysPodcast