am a (very) average road runner and genuinely don't care one way or the other about elite athletics. I run because I enjoy it; it has the desireable side-effects of making me more healthy, controlling my weight, improving my mood, improving my social life, widening my circle of friends, giving me a goal, getting me outdoors in the fresh air, getting me in touch with the weather and seasons and preventing me from being solely defined by my job. I may have missed one or two more... What I want from my sport is for someone to organise races for me to compete in, at reasonable cost, I'd like water stations, prompt and accurate results and a medal if possible, please. Maybe an Association of Road Running Clubs would deliver this much more efficiently and cheaply than a rather remote, yet strangely inefficient UKA/county association (or spoke and hub) framework. Honestly, I do a different sport, at a different level, to javelin throwers, sprinters, 1500m runners and polevaulters.
Posted: 07/06/2006 at 14:04