Semi Pro?

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27/04/2013 at 18:15

You can call yourself what ever you want....


muppet, sounds like it would fit 

27/04/2013 at 18:23

Hello Samir. I think what Dave means is 'no, you cannot call yourself semi-professional yet'. The ballot for the London marathon opens on Monday.

27/04/2013 at 18:24

Many apply, but only the chosen are selected....


failing that you might try looking at the Lonon Marathon website 

27/04/2013 at 19:26

until you earn money from running you aren't semi pro.

take about 10mins off that time you quote, and have it actually properly measured in a race, and you might be nearer the mark.

27/04/2013 at 21:02

Have a look at this site;

This should give you a good idea of a time to aim at...

I used to be a professional cyclist.... some people called me a paper boy, but hey, a boy can dream

28/04/2013 at 06:49

Course you did, I expect you were wearing those heavy boots from one of your other silly threads

Go and do a race, see how you do. My wager is about 45mins for 10k.


28/04/2013 at 10:15

I once won a Blue Peter badge for a design for the railway of the future. I've been calling myself a semi-professional civil engineer ever since. Still waiting for the phone call from the HS2 guys though. If they don't get their act together soon, I'm taking my skills to China.

In answer to the OP, yes you may call yourself semi pro, particularly if you enjoy mockery.

28/04/2013 at 16:48

Good to see you back Samir. I think you're on the right track. I gave up running when I was 18 partly because I realised I would never be close to winning a major marathon. So it's good to dream and visualise yourself winning these races. It's 99% in the mind so we're told so everyone can run 2.10 for the marathon if they have the right mental attitude, which you clearly have. Think of all the Olympic champs who were mocked by their teachers at school for having a dream. Who's laughing now?

28/04/2013 at 19:48

I agree with Seth above Samir; but if you want to be even more depressed have a look at the times the vets are cracking out into their 60's. I find it depressing, but also inspiring; as in, if a 60+ year old can do cracking times, minutes quicker than mine then I can still cut many minutes off my times.. bring them on...

28/04/2013 at 20:23

in fairness to you young Samir, it's good to have dreams, and you could well be a top local runner, doing competitive times and winning races.

It's a long term aim though, and you'll have to work consistently hard!

01/05/2013 at 19:40

Samir, the best way is to do a 10k race on the first of January. The difficult bit will be staying in the top 100 all year - have a look at last year's rankings! Still something to aim for, but not necessarily 'easy'.

*edited for shit spelling*

Edited: 01/05/2013 at 19:41
01/05/2013 at 21:46


01/05/2013 at 21:47

I don't think so. I've done 2 sub 1.30s this year and I'm not on the list.

So not sure how it works. 

01/05/2013 at 21:54

What difference does it make if I'm on there or not? 

02/05/2013 at 10:37

I think I would want to be on the list if I had made the grade. Also power of 10 have a list and I read on here that run Britain has a few missing for some reason I don't remember.

Go Samir Haddad 2 for THE LIST. Every journey starts with a single step.

02/05/2013 at 11:00
Millsy1977 wrote (see)

I don't think so. I've done 2 sub 1.30s this year and I'm not on the list.

So not sure how it works. 

If they didn't have a UKA race licence they wouldn't be included (i.e. they had an ARC or similar licence instead). Sometimes the system fails to link UKA race results but if you have a RunBritian profile and are suffiently bored/bothered you can normally add them to your profile. As I say, if you're bothered. 

02/05/2013 at 11:25

Just checked again and my VLM result is up there now. But not the Wokingham half. 

If I get a spare hour I might bother with the rest. 

02/05/2013 at 16:02

They also might not automatically match up if you have recently joined or changed club and not updated it on your powerof10/runbritain profile.

02/05/2013 at 22:18

I bet their website knows.

02/05/2013 at 22:38

It has RunBritain logo plastered on the website, is being run according to Run Britain standards. UKA affiliated runners get the £2 subsidy. Looks like a UKA licenced event to me

edit: last years results in Power of 10. Smells like a UKA licenced event

Edited: 02/05/2013 at 22:41
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