SPIKES magazine

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The SPIKES logo
Editor James Charlton
Categories Athletics
Publisher Haymarket Network
Year founded 2008
First issue July 2008
Country  United Kingdom
Language English
Website SPIKES
ISSN 1758039

SPIKES is an athletics website and magazine published by Haymarket Network in conjunction with the IAAF.

The magazine and website were launched[1] in July 2008 at an event attended by IAAF vice president Lord Coe, Steve Ovett, Jonathan Edwards, Colin Jackson and Wilson Kipketer.

The aim is to raise awareness of the sport and recognition of the athletes by encouraging discussion through challenging features and profiles. Although funded directly by the IAAF, the editorial staff has a free rein with the content – which typically combines serious debate with more light-hearted features and pop cultural references. Giles Richards of The Observer praised the magazine for its interviews and biographical features: "It's a lot easier to care about a sport if you care about the people involved".[2]

The website complements the magazine and includes different features, videos of world records, descriptions of the main disciplines within the sport and profiles of the heroes of the sport.


  1. ^ "SPIKES magazine launched in UK". International Sports Press Association. July 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ Richards, Giles (2010-08-21). Review: Spikes magazine breathes new life into athletics. The Observer. Retrieved on 2010-08-21.

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