What time makes a proper runner a runner

In response to a BBC website article

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04/09/2012 at 17:21

Didn't he also say: "To finish any marathon is an achievement. In his position, he was just over-egging the pudding. He is not the first and he certainly won't be the last."

I'd say his 3:30/ 4:00 comments look more like they were being aimed at high level runners, although he was unfortunate to be quoted as saying "runners"/ "proper runners", and most articles I've seen set the benchmark for that level at 3:00 - so he was being generous if you read it that way.

I wouldn't take offence so easily, without having more context on this.

04/09/2012 at 17:26

I'm disapointed, at that moment he was representing us runners on the world stage and he let us down:


04/09/2012 at 19:07
MattDA wrote (see)

And there was me thinking that all you Ultra guys ran like Anton Krupicka.

we do...when its hot..wear as little as possible

04/09/2012 at 19:19
Paul J-R wrote (see)

What utter nonsense.

A runner is a runner, it doesn't matter about your speed or distance, it's about the passion you have for running.

Well, that's a new factor all together.

Because if you only run once a week, surely you don't have the same passion as someone who runs twice a week etc.

So what level of passion makes you become a runner?

04/09/2012 at 20:27
Does it really matters what others think? Do we need validation from others in order to call ourselves runners?

I personally don't consider myself a runner (did years ago before giving it up for 20+ years) but someone who runs. However I have no idea what will make me a runner but doubt it will be anything to do with time. Maybe when my first toenail falls off!

Whatever I feel it is up to me and no-one else to give myself that label.

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