AW December 2021 (published: 02/12/2021) December 2021

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AW December 2021 front cover

December 2021

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8          Picture this – Dorothy Manley: 1927-2021


10        Latest news from the world of athletics

12        UK Athletics' way ahead

14        Are unconventional tracks a help or a hindrance to athletics?


AW Readers’ Choice Awards 

16        Who are your athletes of 2021? We unveil, talk to and analyse the performances of this year's winners


Free Again

36        Gianmarco Tamberi talks about how being able to rise back to the top has lifted a great weight from his shoulders


Through an Athlete's Eyes

40        Beth Dobbin shares the rollercoaster of what it was like to compete in 2021 


Crunching the Numbers

44        Statto Steve Smythe looks at the data from this year to pick out the most significant trends


Driven to Succeed

48        Emily Kearney out to join the British elite


My Greatest Race

50        Peter Elliott reflects on a golden moment from 1990


Ask the Athlete 

56        The highly decorated javelin thrower Steve Backley answers your questions


European Cross preview

58        As the end-of-year showpiece returns, Verity Ockenden writes about her experiences of the event and the role played by cross country


Me and My Club  

62        Olympian Ben Connor on Derby AC and why he was right to give up on football



64        The latest news and research

66        How They Train – Morgan Lake

68        Tim Mack's path to Olympic gold

70        Expert advice on training through the menopause

74        Does massage work? Physio Paul Hobrough takes a closer look

76        Paul Freary assesses the latest footwear and running kit 



86        With Christmas approaching, we look at the best new athletics books

A Lap With…

89        1500m athlete Sarah McDonald



90        Round-up of the last month's action


Closing stretch

94        Test your knowledge with our 21 questions about the athletics events of 2021

96        Have Your Say: readers' letters

98        Dip Finish

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