the charity aspect is not insignificant but one could argue that these people could just as easily raise the money in a million other ways..charity dinners etc.
i guess it depends how we view the VLM. is it primarily a running race, where priority should be given to serious elite/club runners or is it primarily a participatory fundraising event, like say Race4Life??
at one point during the race, the beeb were interviewing a 60yo liverpudlian bloke. after 1 minute of patronising chat they asked him which charity he was running for. he said he wasn't. interview over.
xine267 wrote (see)
My friend saw Arg around Mile 17 (with his camera crew, of course), she said that he looked ok at that point but the crew told him to slow down, act out of breath and in pain, then pretend to catch sight of someone in the crowd and run faster. I actually felt sorry for him after I heard that! Even if he wasn't suffering at Mile 17, the pain would be coming - couldn't they have just waited a mile or so to film his breakdown?
Jeez... so the show is so scripted they even tell him how to run a marathon!
I've watched the odd epsiode of TOWIE and found it too full of people bitching and arguing.
As for the OP - I think people enjoy the challenge, and being able to say that they've done a marathon. As for doing enough training, I guess people want to do the marathon, but don't really want to change their lifestyle. I can kinda sympathise with this. I run regularly but I'm not particularly quick, and I know the best way that I could imprive would be to put more miles in (I maxed at about 40 miles per week for a marathon). However, I want to fit running round my life and not my life around running. (and I'm not saying people who do 50+ miles per week don't have a life, more that the more running you do the more you have to prioritise it, and not do something else in order to fit it in.)
I thought the BBC coverage was summed up nicely by the focus Nell got for her sub-3 run. Not taking away from it, it was very good!
However there was a chap just behind her who must have been close to 70 and running a sub-3 as well! No mention of him!!
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