Athens From The Crowd - Part 1: Paula

RW's unofficial girl at the Olympics

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23/08/2004 at 17:06
RW's former production assistant Cath Perry is a self-confessed athletics nut.

She'll be offering up a crowd's eye view on the forum though the week - and will be delighted to answer questions about what it's like out there.

The article above is her first instalment - Monday 23rd, the day after the women's marathon...
23/08/2004 at 17:07
A crowds eye view of the forum.......are we being broadcast live then?
23/08/2004 at 17:10
Lucky lady!

But...: "We have become so used to , but she is just human."

Used to...what? (although we can probably fill in the gap)
cougie    pirate
23/08/2004 at 17:13
Sob. She ditched her beach volleyball ticket ?


Noooooooooooooooooooohhhhh !
23/08/2004 at 17:15
Cath, what's it like out there? Someone in the Evening Standard today was making some sort of point about the toffs (sailing, rowing, and horse-stuff) doing well whilst the plebs (everyone else including Paula apparently) doing poorly. Is there an obvious class divide amongst the supporters?
23/08/2004 at 17:21
I think the only people who should criticize paula are those who have run an oylmpic marathon and come back with a medal!!!!!! Yes she has the best but we all have bad days and at least she got out there and gave it a go. The other british girls did not have the same amount of pressure on them and they just wanted to finish it.Paula is an inspiration to people to try and go out and do the best they can. I hope she can get through this and come back stronger than ever to prove the doubting thomas wrong
23/08/2004 at 17:21
Lets hear it for Catherine.

Whoop whoop Whoop!!
23/08/2004 at 19:13
If I was having a tough day at work, I wouldn't just get up and leave.

I would consider her a heroine if she had finished the race - running, walking or crawling.
23/08/2004 at 19:16
What, more people posting a negative Paula post having never posted before. What a shocker!
23/08/2004 at 19:20
And a 'beginner', who presumably can tell us all about elite marathons.
23/08/2004 at 19:21
and who works in 30 degree heat no doubt
23/08/2004 at 19:22
I'm waiting for the anecdote.
23/08/2004 at 19:25
did i ever tell you i ran round a track once in Greece in August ?

and i once ran at Olympia in the middle of the day in August too - was quite bearable really but then im very slow and only ran for a few minutes !!

23/08/2004 at 20:57
I am so angry that anyone can be negative about Paula. As runneers maybe we have some small idea just how she was feeling, she gave everything. She was my herion before yesterday and nothing has changed. I hope she does not do the 10k, I could not stand to see her hurt anymore.
23/08/2004 at 20:59
.....anyway Cath, class divide? And what does that make Kelly Holmes.......Toff or pleb?
23/08/2004 at 21:03
I was going to say something like that

Kelly Holmes is neither a pleb or a toff.
23/08/2004 at 21:28
I feel so bad for Paula, the world watching and expecting, how do you teach someone to cope with that when things are not going as everyone else wants?? She has worked so hard to be where she is and no one can take that away from her, she IS only human!! She was, is , and always will be a heroine!!
HC
23/08/2004 at 22:18
Which of our cyclists are meant to be toffs exactly?
23/08/2004 at 22:23
I don't think much of this Caths response time, over 5 hours since I posted my poser and not a dickie bird.
23/08/2004 at 23:57
I was more disappointed with the BBC's lack of respect for the winner. They seemed to imply that she was on her last legs from about halfway and scolded her for looking at her watch. We were all bitterly disappointed for Paula but let's have some credit for the winner....and don't forget, the conditions were the same for everyone.
The winner? Mizuki Noguchi
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