Tracey Morris you need any better inspiration?

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18/04/2004 at 19:54
18 months serious training, knocked 1 hour off her previous best. Did she get paid for her attendance?
18/04/2004 at 21:34
good news for all of us...

now what was that trainig schedule?
18/04/2004 at 21:42
She's 36. Makes you wonder what she could have done 10 years ago.

And which charity was Jon Brown running for?
18/04/2004 at 21:53
Dan Robinson

I met him at Lanzarote┬┤s International Challenge last November. A very nice guy, an authentic club runner who now is on his way to Athens.

18/04/2004 at 22:31
Jon Brown - spoilt brat so who cares

Tracey Morris - inspirational performance
18/04/2004 at 22:34
Trace is Ace

18/04/2004 at 22:52
How did Jon Brown do?
18/04/2004 at 23:19
2:13 for Jon Brown.

Apparently TM was an excellent junior runner who let it go for a number of years. A great story.
18/04/2004 at 23:20
Mens race..

15 J Brown (Sheffield) 2:13:39
16 D Robinson (Tipton) 2:13:53
18/04/2004 at 23:42
Well I have 6 years to get to 2:30 with the advantage of being a man but the disadvantage of not having been an excellent junior runner. 2:13 I think might just be beyond me a tad.
19/04/2004 at 02:09
Yeah, and in the post race interview she reminded me a lot of Stephanie Cook immediately post Sydney gold - in that both seem totally amazed at their own performance, and utterly humble.

Now 36 - that is inspiration!
19/04/2004 at 09:31
Great performance by TM, she only got an entry because Bud Baldaro sorted her out after being turned down, how many other olympic hopefulls, or potential UK internationals have we lost from the sport because they were turned down for a place in favour of that bloke who didn't train and just ate fry up's every day?
19/04/2004 at 09:31
I wonder which is the greater achievement:

- 'Eat and Breathe' running (ie no other job), supported by a whole team of professionals (physios, nutritionists, ...) and 140mpw: PB = 2h15


- Have full time job, 36 yo, been running for only 18 months, 70mpw: PB = 2.33

Great story, great stuff. Weren't the Olympics supposed to be about people like TM?!
19/04/2004 at 09:57
Imp - to be fair I think most hopefuls would probably have been able to get a GFA place if they needed it. TM is (I assume) a bit of a one-off in not having a sub 3:45 to post in the last two years.
19/04/2004 at 09:59
Definitely the story of the day, fantastic achievement, it would be nice to think I could knock an hour off my marathon time but i have a) no talent and b) no intention of running another

Pleased that Jon Brown made his time, despite all the BS about his involvement
19/04/2004 at 10:34
I think that one or two people have been a bit hard on JB. He's a decent man who works hard at his game and has a record that stacks up pretty well against that of a certain Mr Bedford (who never came fourth in any major championships BTW). I don't think he should have got appearance money, but I don't think he deserved the slagging he got either.

Well done to Tracey though - gives us all hope....
19/04/2004 at 10:56
Whatever you think of Brown he looked so good, obviously taking it reletively easy, he's easily the best distance runner in the UK at the moment and our only hope for a top finish in Athens.
Chaos, Morris may be a one off, but how many good runners get turned down for places every year. There could be loads of runners who run their first marathon in the mid 3 hours and then decide to train harder just like Morris but we loose them because some bloke wants to walk round in 7 hours. Then we all moan because British elite distance running is rubbish.
19/04/2004 at 11:02
According to the Mail, Morris is a fun-runner!

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr ...
19/04/2004 at 11:02
Tracey will have started with the elite women wont she? Whatever you say about the organisation, the GFA entry system is a "good thing" and is open to everyone.
19/04/2004 at 11:06
The only real way to do what Tracey Morris did is to clock an elite time elsewhere, and get in that way. Its getting harder to do because of the reduced number of opportunities that present themselves, as the available pool of remaining UK marathons reduces.

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