Left Spike, An Athletics Fanzine (18/04/2016)

On Saturday at Sutton Park we caught up with the people behind "Left Spike" a new fanzine for the distance running branch of athletics. They have so far published two editions and we asked them what was behind their new endeavour.

Hannah from the Left Spike team explains

"Our grassroots distance running world is packed full of unique characters and voices. It is one in which elite athletes rub shoulders with runners of all abilities on a sodden Saturday afternoon in November. It is the breeding ground for future Olympians and a world where the tête-à-têtes you witness on a regular basis can be trusted.

Our fanzine – co-founded by passionate distance runners Hannah Viner and Chris Rainsford – is a nonprofessional, nonofficial and not-for-profit publication. It will be the place where we hope to bring your ideas together under one roof and share the stories we can’t currently find elsewhere.

As aspiring club runners involved in the sport from a competitive, voluntary and organisational angle, we’re just as keen to hear about the stories of the runners that we run with or compete against week in, week out as others are in our niche running world.

Our aim is to find out and share the stories behind runners like us and their lives away from the track, road or cross-country; to find out what makes us tick.

We would like this to become the independent voice of grassroots distance running in the UK."

We wish them the very best of luck and will watch with interest their progress. Check out the first edition via their website Left Spike. Future editions should appear there in due course.