Donald McRae: The art of the interview

“First and foremost, you have to make the story about the person you’re interviewing,” said Donald McRae, the multiple award winning author and Guardian journalist renowned for his investigative interviews with famous athletes.  We’re sitting in a trendy coffee shop near the newspaper’s office in central London where one of the

Riding into Kabul after the fall of the Taliban and facing Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath in the nets: Phil Mackie on his 26 years at the BBC

Phil Mackie has worked for the BBC since 1993, and since 1998 has been a network TV, radio and online reporter for BBC news, covering stories such as Fred & Rose West and the Cromwell Street murders, being in Kabul when the Taliban fell, and the Ben Stokes affray case. He

Daniel Jarvis: the St Mary’s student with World Championship dreams

The next 18 months are important for any athlete with aspirations of competing at the upcoming World Athletics Championships, and next year’s Olympic Games beyond that. But for St Mary’s University student and distance runner Daniel Jarvis, the stakes couldn’t be higher. The 23-year-old has just finished the penultimate year of his Business Management degree and

‘Moving the Golf Posts’ – why junior golf coaching needs a change

Golf is forever battling its moniker as the ‘old man’s game’. Getting junior players into golf at club level is one thing, but encouraging them to stick with it into adulthood is entirely another. While both the men’s and women’s professional fields currently showcase an abundance of talent, bereft of the one-man or one-woman dominance of

Hurdling disappointment – James Williams on his 850 mile world record attempt

James Williams’ attempted world record run from Land's End to John o’Groats (‘LEJOG’) sadly ended just north of Preston on May 30. The ultra-runner, who was hoping to run 850 miles over the course of 9 days, retired through exhaustion on day five of his extraordinary challenge. The result was naturally a great disappointment

St Mary’s University and Indoor Cricket: A Successful Partnership

St Mary’s University Cricket Club has enjoyed another fruitful BUCS indoor cricket campaign in 2019. Having made the national finals in March for the third year running, they finished as runners up in this year’s competition, narrowly losing out to Portsmouth in a tense final. The match was played in front of a raucous crowd

Crewing the Ultra-Runner

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Ultra-running is a gruelling sport. As the runners themselves eat up countless miles, pushing their bodies to the brink of exhaustion to complete the most unfathomable of challenges, the preparation and support that exists behind the scenes is often secondary in interest and limelight. Yet the quality and actions of an ultra-runner’s support team can ultimately

Cricket’s Associate Nation Conundrum

The Cricket World Cup 2019 is underway. Somewhat predictably, the Great British Summer is keeping the groundsmen busy as the tournament looks to gather some momentum after a stop-start few weeks. Of course, one of the leading storylines heading into the summer was that of the wholesale changes made to the competition’s structure. With the number