Backstraight Boys (& Girl) Athletics Chat

Backstraight Boys (& Girl) Athletics Chat

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Track and Field Athletics discussion by the Backstraight Boys & Girl


Inspiration Games, Backstraight Film Club, and Athletics Baby Royalty: July’s Lockdown Ramblings
Jul 12 • 35 min
Athletics is creeping back - from the Showdown in Otown to the Inspiration Games. In the former, Noah Lyles beat Justin Gatlin over 100 metres. In the latter, Noah Lyles beat no one over 185 metres. The world’s gone mad.Bowerman TC continue to tear…
Christmas Shopping, Sourdough Starting, and Adapting as Athletes: Our Lockdown Chin-wag with Morgan Lake and Jazmin Sawyers
Jun 25 • 62 min
Sprint queens, step aside (for one week only, please; we still adore you): the jump queens are in town, and it’s been a total hoot.When we say ‘in town’, we mean on a Zoom call with us, for a lockdown special featuring two of our favourite Team GB…
Listening, Learning, and Changing: Black Lives Matter
Jun 14 • 72 min
It would be remiss to talk about anything else right now, so - here it is - a Backstraight episode with neither bells nor whistles: just a discussion of this essential global movement away from racism and towards equality. To help us sift through this…
On Top of the Podium, Next to Dolly, and in Front of Camera: Denise Lewis Interview Special (Part II)
May 20 • 48 min
WHAT a cliff-hanger that was. Aren’t we wicked?But - great news - Bayo is back, and so is Denise, and we’re ready to pick up where we left off: approaching the 2000 Olympic Games.Just in case you don’t know how Denise got on in Sydney (although the…
Starting Out, Breaking Through, and Seeking Gold: Denise Lewis Interview Special (Part I)
May 15 • 54 min
From Wolverhampton to the top of the podium in Sydney - via a handful of Commonwealth titles and records, a pair of World silvers, a couple of take-off leg changes, and the opportunity to compete against some of the greatest multi-eventers to have ever…
Triple Jump, Quarter Miles, and Much More Say for Athletes: Christian Taylor on his Career and The Athletics Association
Apr 27 • 67 min
We say this with love - enormous amounts of it - but Christian Taylor is a serious over-achiever. Double and reigning Olympic Champion, four-time and reigning World Champion, seven-time and reigning Diamond League Champion, and the second best triple…
Footie, Fourths, and Fabulous Four-by-Ones: Adam Gemili Interview Special
Apr 10 • 67 min
Adam Gemili likes to break records. When he produced a dazzling 9.97 in 2015, he became the first British athlete to dip below the two hallowed barriers of men’s sprinting. When he scorched past several of his competitors down the back straight of the…
Olympics Postponed, Dry Punished, and Britney (Bitch): Hot Takes for your Locked-Down Ears
Mar 27 • 48 min
Does Caster Semenya have the raw speed to challenge the world’s best over 200 metres? Does Britney Spears..? As the Olympic Games are postponed for the first time in their history, and Mark Dry receives the same length of ban as Ruth Jebet, the world -…
Fiendish Trials, Canny Tactics, and Upholding a Legacy: Our British Men’s Middle Distance Special
Mar 21 • 108 min
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…
Jemma’s Flying, Mondo’s Soaring, and GB’s Spoilt for 400m Talent: the Glasgow Grand Prix and a few more besides
Feb 20 • 50 min
Mondo Duplantis is making history at whim, Jemma Reekie has stepped out of Laura Muir’s shadow and is eating national records for breakfast, and Jessie Knight is laughing in the face of her own previous bests. Oh, and Joshua Cheptegei just dropped a…
Jeanette, Jon, and Pre-Season Joviality: Backstraight’s 2020 Preview
Feb 13 • 81 min
It’s an Olympic year. Mondo has already broken a World Record. Jemma Reekie has broken three British ones. Jeanette Kwakye and Jon Mulkeen are on the pod. Goodness gracious, 2020 really is off to a fabulous start at Backstraight HQ.We’ve had a wonderful…
Barshim’s Back (so’s Radzi), Kat’s Beaming, and Athletics is Better (or is it?): Our 2019 Season Review
Dec 12, 2019 • 104 min
Jody, Bayo, Claire, and Radzi look back on 2019: the highs, the lows, and everything in between
King Kipchoge, Awards Analysis, and Federation Formations: Records are Falling, but Athletes are Rising
Nov 24, 2019 • 50 min
The trio discuss recent road running achievements, the World Athletics awards nominees, and how athletes are striving to benefit from unprecedented influence within the sport.
Mary Cain (brave), Diamond League (diminished), and some British favourites (journalised): two mega rants and three mega interviews
Nov 13, 2019 • 91 min
The trio discuss Mary Cain’s Oregon Project experience and the latest Diamond League reforms, plus share interviews with Tom Bosworth, Sophie McKinna, and Adam Gemili
Shot Putters in the Stratosphere, Kat and Dina in the History Books, and Elephants in the Room: Our Big Doha Review Pod
Oct 7, 2019 • 72 min
Jody, Bayo, and Claire attempt to cover ten days of terrific athletics (feat. plenty of eyebrow-raising moments) in just the one episode…
Falling Records, Sizzling Match-Ups, and Cooling Stadiums (hopefully): An Epic Doha Preview with Our New BFF, Radzi
Sep 24, 2019 • 121 min
Claire, Jody, and Bayo are joined by the BBC’s Radzi to preview (at length…) the 2019 World Championships
Karsten’s King, Abi’s Back, and Amelia’s Just Getting Started: Diamond League Finals Wrap & Those Picked To #Represent
Sep 22, 2019 • 86 min
A look back at the two Diamond League finals, and a discussion of the British Athletics squad chosen to #Represent in Doha
Bounding Ben, Dashing Dina, and Heights-Hitting Holly : The Race to Represent at British Champs
Aug 28, 2019 • 78 min
Jody and Bayo were in Birmingham for the 2019 British Championships, as athletes vied for those coveted tickets to Doha…
Best of British, Birmingham-Bound, and Doha Dust-Ups: Our British Champs Preview Pod
Aug 22, 2019 • 36 min
Jody and Bayo look ahead to this weekend’s British Athletics Championships. If they’re anything like the 2018 edition, we’re in for a doozy…
Youcef Zatat, Rabah Yousif, and Plenty More Besides: Recent Results and Clangers from the World of Track and Field
Aug 14, 2019 • 80 min
European U20s and U23s, USATF Champs, and European Team Champs - feat. history-making Jemma Reekie and man-of-the-moment, Youcef Zatat
Jakob’s baby fat, Karsten’s heart, and Shelly-Ann’s GOAT status: Backstraight’s Half-Century at the London Diamond League
Jul 24, 2019 • 56 min
Jody and Bayo headed to the London Diamond League to catch up with some of weekend’s star performers
Plenty of Laps, Oodles of Fun, and Lots to Discuss: Journalising (G&Ts in-hand) at the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10k PBs
Jul 16, 2019 • 62 min
The team head to Highgate Harriers for the sixth Night of the 10k PBs: ‘the Glastonbury of athletics’
Handling nerves, seizing opportunities, and PBing for fun: Niamh Emerson Interview Special
Jul 9, 2019 • 75 min
Our latest interview special features World Junior Heptathlon Champion and rising multi-eventing star, Niamh Emerson
#47 - Fantasies, Nightmares, and Errors (So Many Errors…): If Bulls did Athletics Round Ups in China Shops
Jun 15, 2019 • 43 min
This week: terrible Fantasy Diamond League choices, the slightly bathetic IAAF rebranding, and a general comedy of errors
#46 - Caster’s Class, Doha’s Diamonds, and Eliud’s Enduring Excellence: Backstraight’s Take on the Last Few Weeks
May 17, 2019 • 53 min
The Semenya case, Diamond Leagues - Doha, Shanghai, and fantasy - Eliud Kipchoge, World Relays, and more. Welcome along!
#45 - Making Names, Crossing Ponds, and Realising Potential: Our Young Guns Special
Apr 15, 2019 • 85 min
Inspired by our lovely encounter with some of Team GB’s best and brightest in Glasgow, we discuss the phenomenon of the prodigious athletic talent
#44 - Fewer Events, Higher Standards, and (supposedly) Greater Entertainment: The IAAF’s Big Announcement
Mar 24, 2019 • 52 min
It’s all change at the Diamond League, and for Tokyo 2020 qualification. Confused? Us too. Nevertheless, pull up a seat at Backstraight HQ, and let’s talk it all through together.
#42 - Twice the Events, Half the Beards, and Double their Ages: Gallivanting in Glasgow (Part I)
Mar 4, 2019 • 65 min
Jody and Claire head to Glasgow for some European Indoor Championships journalising. As per, we get half the big names competing to appear on the pod, whilst forgetting the names of the other half.
#43 - Big Vaults, Tough Falls, and Raised Roofs: Gallivanting in Glasgow (Part II)
Mar 3, 2019 • 66 min
The second installment of our European Indoor Championships offering, feat. Bradshaw, Learmonth, Duckworth, Oskan-Clarke, and more…
#41 - Grand Prix, Glasgow, and Girl Power: The Indoor Season So Far
Feb 16, 2019 • 47 min
The team are back together for the first time in 2019 - examining the indoor season so far, and looking ahead to next month’s European Championships
#40 - Unfathomable Hustle, Uncharted Territory, and Untouchable Records: Paula Radcliffe Interview Special
Jan 29, 2019 • 71 min
Jody speaks to the one and only Paula Radcliffe: world record holder, three-time London Marathon winner, and pundit extraordinaire
#39 – Late Finishes, Even Later Medal Ceremonies, and – Lately – Legal Life: Christine Ohoruogo Interview Special (Part Two)
Jan 19, 2019 • 69 min
Part two of our epic (both in terms of duration and quality) chat with two-time World Champion and Olympic gold medallist, Christine Ohoruogo
#38 - Switching Codes, Missing Tests, and Striking Gold: Christine Ohoruogo Interview Special (Part One)
Jan 15, 2019 • 73 min
Bayo sits down with two-time World Champion and Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohoruogo for our latest interview special
#37 - Championships, Challenges, and Champers: A Mimosa-Fuelled Romp Through The Rather Brilliant 2018
Jan 6, 2019 • 98 min
A look back (with guest host, Tom Bosworth!) at 2018: a truly fabulous year of athletics.
#36 - Freaky Fridays, Sprinting Prodigies, and Imaginary Libraries: A Day at Fudge Project London
Dec 18, 2018 • 128 min
Claire pays a visit to Lee Valley, to meet the athletes and coaches of Fudge Project London, one of Britain’s most exciting sprinting groups
#35 - Freezing Temperatures, Warm Hearts, and Hot Takes: Backstraight Does Parkrun
Nov 1, 2018 • 55 min
Jody, Bayo, and Claire head to Southwark, to experience the global phenomenon that is parkrun…
#34 - Diamond Duels, Continental Contests, and Historic Hustles: The Final Month of an Epic, Herculean Season
Sep 20, 2018 • 48 min
Enthralled by the Diamond League, baffled by the Continental Cup, and in awe of Mayer and Kipchoge
#33 - Sumos, Steeples, and Seizing Silver: Eilish McColgan Interview Special
Sep 16, 2018 • 77 min
Our latest interview special. International travels and international medals: oh, to be Eilish McColgan.
#32 - Super Families, Scintillating Showdowns, Shoddy Scheduling : A (Pretty Rushed) Wrap of Berlin, ‘The Best Champs Ever’
Aug 19, 2018 • 64 min
Jody and Bayo reckon Berlin was the best championships they’ve ever attended; here’s our attempt to discuss it all.
#31 - Jeanette Stepping Up, Kyle Stepping Back, and Berlin Looking Thrilling: Our Big European Preview Episode
Aug 4, 2018 • 77 min
Like Ingebrigstens, the major championships just keep on coming this year, and so we turn our attention to Berlin 2018…
#30 - Monaco, Muller, and Millicent: Journalising at the London Anniversary Games
Jul 22, 2018 • 51 min
London and Monaco Diamond Leagues, recorded - with plenty of big names - at the Olympic Stadium
#29 - Champs (British), Cup (Global), and Pie (Humble): Brilliant in both Birmingham and London
Jul 15, 2018 • 16 min
It’s a short one this week, but one teeming with positivity: this season’s been a proper corker already.
#28 - Ice Creams, Henry VIII, and War Paint: A Little Bit of Everything with National Record Holder Dina Asher-Smith
Jun 27, 2018 • 65 min
In our latest interview special, we catch up with history-making, history-loving sprinter, Dina Asher-Smith
#27 - Speedspiration, Hype Tracks, and the 23-second barrier: Our UK Sprint Queen Special
Jun 25, 2018 • 90 min
Sprint Queens past and present join us ahead of what promises to be a blistering British Championships
#26 – Shaunae’s Shorts, Bell’s Brilliance, and Highgate Hilarity: Our Latest Offering, Feat. Seb Coe
May 29, 2018 • 61 min
Hello there, beloved listener, and welcome to our twenty-sixth episode.
#25 – Rain-Drenched in Boston, WL-Spoilt in Doha, and Beer-Soaked in Highgate: A Romp through Recent Meets
May 13, 2018 • 53 min
Boston was bonkers, but so was Mary Keitany’s race plan in London. The first Diamond League of the year (which was grossly under-publicised, obv) produced some phenomenal performances, including by Caster Semenya, who’s been dragged into yet another…
#24 – Aussie Thrills, English Spills, and Langford Lovin’: Gold Coast 2018 Done and Dusted
May 6, 2018 • 85 min
Jody, Bayo, and Claire are in the same country – as Anna in ‘Frozen’ sings whilst cavorting around Arendelle Castle – for the first time in forever. Backstraight is well and truly back. The boys have returned from duty as Track and Field News’ Gold Coast…
#23 – What a Legend! What a Champion! … What a Relief: Cathy Freeman Interview Special
Apr 11, 2018 • 12 min
We’ve not seen any of the Australian coverage of the Commonwealths, but – if the Gold Coast production team is anything like the BBC – they love showing historic montages of Aussie athletic greats (whilst there are field event and distance finals taking…
#22 – Mixed Zone, Potential Medallists, and Moustaches: Trackside Snippets from the Gold Coast
Apr 10, 2018 • 14 min
The Commonwealths have been stressful in a number of ways: four separate teams to follow for the usual Team GB stalwarts; deciding which will yield more Twitter traction – #GC2018 (lost amongst the masses?) or #GC2018Athletics (too specialist?); and the…
#21 – Indoor Golds, Commonwealth Golds, and a Golden Coast: Welcoming in GC2018
Apr 6, 2018 • 45 min
Claire’s back in England, but Jody and Bayo have jetted off to the Gold Coast, where they’re representing the hallowed establishment of Track and Field News as Commonwealth Correspondents! We’ve not had the chance to dissect last month’s World Indoors, so…
#20 – Pioneering, podiums, and philanthropy: ‘Gold Medal’ Mary Peters Interview Special
Mar 24, 2018 • 53 min
Queen Mary The Great. When we contrived to bump into Mary Peters at the BAWA awards luncheon back in November, Jody told her he’d rather interview her than Usain Bolt, and – on this week’s pod – you’ll hear why. A lengthy and lofty career on the track and…
#19 – Bowerman Babes, Fruit Loop Luck, and Avocado Anthems: Courtney Frerichs Interview Special
Mar 8, 2018 • 69 min
11th August 2017. London. Courtney Frerichs eats a bowl of fruit loops for breakfast. She lines up for the women’s steeplechase final, the word ‘Fearless’ inked temporarily upon her arm. She trusts implicitly in her coaches and sticks with Emma Coburn.…
#18 – Big British Stars, Brilliant Bosworth, and Backstraighting in Birmingham: The 2018 British Indoor Championships
Feb 19, 2018 • 65 min
As fun as these descriptions are to write, the way to sell you on this episode is a list: a star-studded who’s-who of the athletes Jody spoke to at the 2018 British Indoor Champs, many of whom shrugged off the challenges of tight bends, injury returns,…
#17 – Singing, Sledding, and Soaring: Jaz Sawyers Interview Special
Jan 24, 2018 • 48 min
Need a lawyer? An outstanding tongue-in-cheek cover of a Sheeran track? A Summer and/or Winter Olympic role model? Or just an absolutely cracking new Instagram follow? Look no further than Jazmin Sawyers. This girl can do everything, and – as we…
#16 – Country Crossing, Pimple Popping, and SPOTY Speculating: A New Year of Athletics and Resolutions
Jan 10, 2018 • 51 min
Much to Claire’s delight, this week is the first episode with complete gender parity (Jody’s off sunning himself in Goa). In his absence, Bayo and the Backstraight Girl discuss December’s Euro Cross Country Championships, Farah’s shock SPOTY victory, and…
#15 – Brickbats, Bouquets, and a general Athletic Bonanza
Dec 26, 2017 • 72 min
Part two of our latest recording session. We talk about the things we love in athletics, and those we really don’t. Expect cameos by Whitney, Flo-Jo, Fort Minor, and a whole host of other snippets from across the history of this inspiring, infuriating,…
#14 – Swimming, Skating, and Smorgasbords: all the big stories, feat. Bobby Clay and Perri Shakes-Drayton
Dec 12, 2017 • 65 min
As recording sessions go, this one was an epic. We sat down mid-afternoon, before gradually cancelling our evening plans and discussing athletics’ news well into the wintry night. Colin McCourt, the British Athletics Writers’ Association luncheon, and…
#13 – Fast Times, Tough Times, and Strange Things: Jess Judd Interview Special
Dec 5, 2017 • 53 min
A slight misnomer here, as we’ve ended up editing out the Stranger Things chat (in case you were wondering: Jess also thinks Season Two, Episode Seven was abysmal), but it’s left even more room to talk athletics, and the meteoric ascent of one of…
#12 – Commonwealths, Rankings, and Rants: Farah hits the roads, Mellor hits the headlines, and Griffiths hits the heights
Nov 14, 2017 • 52 min
Following on from Aly Dixon’s chat with Claire last week, we’ve a pretty marathon-heavy pod. Mo Farah is hopping on a plane to get good at running them; Jonny Mellor won’t be getting on a plane, despite having raced one really fast; and Dewi Griffiths…
#11 – Run, Run, and then Run some more: Aly Dixon Interview Special
Nov 9, 2017 • 45 min
What do flamingoes, Paula Radcliffe, and screaming Londoners have in common? Well, not very much at all, if we’re honest – but they’re all discussed in this week’s episode: another in-depth athlete chat. This time, Claire talks to Aly Dixon – who thrilled…
#10 – Better late than never..? On medal reallocation
Oct 24, 2017 • 38 min
Doping dominates discourse on athletics. Fact. We don’t want to discuss cheats on our podcast. Also true. Fantastic athletes who were robbed of their moment upon the podium at a major championships receiving their overdue rewards following the discovery…
#9 – Run, Jump, Blog: Tianna Bartoletta Interview Special
Oct 7, 2017 • 72 min
World and Olympic Champion, Tianna Bartoletta, has carved quite the niche. She can jump over seven metres, has a world record to her name, has studied medicine, and crafts powerful, eloquent blogs about the weightiest of issues. Who better to kick off our…
#8 – Worlds collide: Pooley, Turner, ‘the Hedgehog’, and Butterfield
Sep 21, 2017 • 78 min
In perhaps the most eclectic episode to date, Claire and Jody discuss their European athletes of the year, the future (or lack thereof) of the Commonwealth Games, who might break the men’s marathon world record in Berlin this Sunday, and the total…
#7 – Mysterious Girls, rough cut diamonds, and thoughts from a Wetherspoon’s
Sep 5, 2017 • 57 min
It’s a patchwork quilt of an episode today, as the gang tackle your questions on the season, and contemplate the Diamond League as a concept. Bayo calls in from an airport bar, Jody conducts a fascinating interview with eloquent and honest sprint star…
#6 – Normality is restored: a look back at London 2017
Aug 21, 2017 • 45 min
Ten days glued to our televisions or seats in the Olympic Stadium wasn’t enough athletics for a fortnight, so we met up to discuss our highs, lows, and takeaways. Listen out for the latest addition to Backstraight’s offering: a competition to win some…
#5 – Hashtags, hedgehogs, and hunks – World Champs Day Seven
Aug 9, 2017 • 14 min
We stole fifteen minutes before our BBC 5 Live debut to record an emergency pod, pooling some of our thoughts on the World Championships so far. Spoiler alert: expect rants about coverage, and rave reviews of the new hedgehog on the block.You know the…
#4 – World Champs preview, with a sprinkling of nostalgia
Aug 1, 2017 • 74 min
Although they’ve hardly snuck up on us (we’ve talked about nothing else for months), the World Championships are finally here: London 2017 is days away! With that in mind, the entire team met up to preview the event, and couldn’t resist throwing it back…
#3 – Team Trials, empty seats, and REPRESENTing: a look back on Birmingham
Jul 4, 2017 • 26 min
Matt’s back, and putting in some Oscar-worthy performances to boot in this, our third podcast. We couldn’t wait an entire fortnight to discuss this weekend’s British Championships, so – without further ado – here are our thoughts. Remember to review and…
#2 European and US Championships – The Hyltons, Louise Hazel, Kelly Sotherton
Jun 28, 2017 • 72 min
It’s come around as quickly as the top bend did for Allyson Felix in that 2015 400m final; episode two is here! Jody and Bayo dissect European and US Championships, and – in honour of Women in Sport week – Claire catches up with Cheriece and Shannon…
#1: Backstraight’s Back – Alright! The Season Opener
Jun 14, 2017 • 26 min
Backstraight Boys are relaunching, in a new fortnightly podcast featuring interviews, debates, previews, and all things athletics. This time, in a short pilot episode, we’re looking ahead to the London 2017 World Championships. Muir, Farah, Bolt, Thiam,…