Did you start running in 1993?

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15/07/2013 at 13:15

I started running in 1983 - used to buy it when it was Running Magazine.

15/07/2013 at 16:31

At this rate I wouldn't organse a reunion, Kerry - poor Grendel will be all by himself 

15/07/2013 at 16:39

I won't,  I stopped buying it when it became Runnersworld - something went missing then.

15/07/2013 at 16:49

I think 1993 may have been the year I did the interschools XC championships and it was so horrific it put me off running again till 2008.

15/07/2013 at 22:54

I'm a year out. I started in 1992. But I couldn't easily compare then to now anyway as I was 11 and did completely different training and racing.

16/07/2013 at 12:35

Mont Blanc! I wish they put as much effort into being a running magazine as they seem to be doing in blowing their own trumpet at 20.

16/07/2013 at 16:29

Let's face it Kerry, this thread's gone down like a lead balloon.

I'm assuming you had people lined up to write articles about this? Perhaps you could just divert them to the IT team to help them fix the website.

16/07/2013 at 20:35

Kerry - you should have asked what runners have seen change since 1993?

For me it would be the number of long standing road races that are no longer with us due to spiraling costs (mainly police costs for road closes). Here in the Newcastle we dearly miss the Morpeth to Newcastle (14 miles) that was held on new years day.

17/07/2013 at 07:37

I like Grendel started seriously running in 1983 and bought 'Running' Magazine.


Ironically some of the running shoes from 1983 and 1993 are being reissued as retro leisure shoes

Edited: 17/07/2013 at 07:38
17/07/2013 at 08:53

I started in 1985, and I am still taking it steady. Only 10 mins slower now for a 10K than when I started, but then again I never got very fast.

17/07/2013 at 12:51

Kerry, serious question rather than a p*** take, do you and your colleagues take notice of the general disquiet about the quality or content of the magazine or is there a belief that changing from a lifestyle (?) publication to one with more focus on  athletics, or at least the running part of it, would decrease the circulation?

17/07/2013 at 17:00

Running Magazine was a running magazine  that catered for the new runner and those with experience.

It had good coaching articles by the late Cliff Temple and Bruce Tulloch.

 It also had cracking reports the one from Los Angeles 1984 springs to mind. Good interviews with athletes of the day such as Steve Cram, Seb Coe, Mary Decker, and it also had good historic articles



Edited: 17/07/2013 at 17:01
17/07/2013 at 20:30

Waiting for it to cool down and go for a run, no pub! Great answer thank you, thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough response.

18/07/2013 at 22:21

Thanks from me too, Kerry, for taking the time to respond. Afraid I only started running in 1994 - a week before Christmas to train for London 1995 (my first race!).

24/07/2013 at 14:37

I started long distance running in 1993 (previously ran the 100m sprint at school). I will be in touch. Back then I managed 1 lap of a football pitch and had to stop and walk!

29/07/2013 at 07:55

I started running as my 1st sport in 1993 (ahead of London '94 - my first marathon), although I had run since school and as a compliment to football training.

Kerry's question above about goody bags reminded me of the expo for that first marathon.
I came home with bags full of free stuff given out by pretty much every stall holder at the expo, as well as picking up laughably cheap old stock of vests/t-shirts.
Now I go in, pick up my number and come straight back out again. Its a sales push exercise for all the major sports firms.

14/08/2013 at 21:46
I'm a couple of years out, started in 95, in fact my first race was the Northern XC champs, bit of a shock to the system. Nearly came last! As Dustin says goody bags then were worth having unlike now. I also think the team spirit was better then. Now people run purely for themselves, not a bad thing just different to how it was. We were all quicker as well compared with todays runners at my club anyway. As a lady vet I could go sub 40 mins for 10k no problem, we've got maybe one lady now that can do that, none of the newer runners are anywhere near. I think running is more about enjoyment now which I don't object to. It's become more a sport for all.

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