Why would an average marathon runner such as Claire Squires take drugs to...

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Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
31/01/2013 at 15:04

Insurance for gol    10,000 people in the UK require hospital treatment after playing golf.....

Thinks the Grauniad is looking in the wrong place for a story

Rafiki    pirate
31/01/2013 at 15:18
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
The Guardian article was okay but had no mention of Rocky 4 whatsoever.

well no wonder we're all angry, hysterical and  ranting...how could they forget to mention that cinematic classic!!

31/01/2013 at 15:23

DaveTh Ex-thanks for those stats, I now have my repost so I dont have to play that dangerous game

31/01/2013 at 16:51
31/01/2013 at 17:16

Good article.  Has she been reading the thread??

"As I responded with sadness on Twitter, a handful of people raised the question of whether recent discoveries of doping amongst professional athletes had made using performance enhancing drugs more acceptable amongst amateurs. I'm no expert, but just the thought of comparing this tragic loss to the cowardly, remorseless revelations of certain cyclists makes me feel horribly uneasy. We respond with disbelief and anger when we see reports of athletes using substances to improve their performance, but the Lance Armstrongs among us know exactly what they are doing, are fully aware of the risks and must deep down be willing to make a possible sacrifice in exchange for a period of glory and a handful of gold medals or yellow shirts. That sacrifice is a loss of respect, a tarred reputation… it could be much worse. These incidences of cheating, of doping, are certainly not in any way comparable to the tragic loss of an innocent life last April; anyone who thinks it is ought to think again."

...or what I said 9 pages ago.

31/01/2013 at 17:33

Have to say that most of the articles published on this today are surprisingly well-balanced and asking the right questions instead of the typical RUNNING KILLS! that often come out after this kind of tragedy.

31/01/2013 at 17:33

You should ask her to credit you as co-author! Phil "a handful of people" Pub

31/01/2013 at 17:51

Claire Squires at 25.3 miles:




Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
31/01/2013 at 17:53

She was wearing an Ipod !!!!!

seren nos    pirate
31/01/2013 at 18:40
Colin McLaughlin wrote (see)

Claire Squires at 25.3 miles:




and how does that add to the discusiion.....does it show her taking a drink marked toxic........can't seewhat the link adds

kittenkat    pirate
31/01/2013 at 18:55
peter groome wrote (see)

A big, ironic thank you to the principal contributors to this forum thread.  You have portrayed runners to the wider community as angry, hysterical, ranting, obnoxious arseholes.

That Guardian journalist to whom you were so effortlessly offensive, wrote a piece that was a model of objective balance, honesty and sensitivity.  I'm not surprised that she was made to feel unwelcome here.  You should be ashamed.  I certainly will not be coming to this troll-domain for intelligent discussion in the future.

'offensive to'

Also having and expressing an opinion, valid or not, offensive or not, unwelcome or not, agreed with or not... Is absolutely no indication of intelligence. You're not talking about intelligent conversation; maybe you mean more civilised conversation according to your sensibilities?

I'm not defending anything, or criticising you. I'm just saying...

Edited: 31/01/2013 at 18:56
Dustboy    pirate
31/01/2013 at 19:12

A lot of us push ourselves to the edge. Some fall over it. Claire got unlucky. Irregular heartbeat can wipe you out suddenly and can be sparked off by stimulants, amongst other things, like dehydration or exhaustion. I have no knowledge, I only speak from experience of AF which has wiped me out once in a race. I got lucky that time and mine reset itself.

She had done a mara before and had no reason to think she wouldn't again.

As for the journo, I think it was great and well thought out to actually do a bit of research on here. As for the rertorts, they may have been a bit over the top, but given the press well known distortion and limited reporting of the facts in general, I think any journo should get themselves a thicker hide. If the article was balanced though, fair play to them.




31/01/2013 at 19:43

Dustboy there is little evidence she had an irregular heartbeat, it wasn't diagnosed by a doctor.

Anyway this thread has been bizarre. Not sure why Amelia Hill got such a pasting.

And David, man up and train for a bloody GFA place. You know absolutely nothing about the 30 people taken to hospital or how much they deserved the spot you clearly feel robbed of. As one of them I'd just like to add a big ranty, it's the internet so we can all be rude, fuck you.

kittenkat    pirate
31/01/2013 at 19:55
Weeble. wrote (see)


Anyway this thread has been bizarre. Not sure why Amelia Hill got such a pasting.


Yeah that was my fault, see earlier post to Peter

kittenkat    pirate
31/01/2013 at 20:01

And I've just eaten all the aniseed sweets from the liquorice all-sorts as penance.

31/01/2013 at 20:18

I think people are too sensitive.  It's the internet - expect to get narked at.


Dustboy    pirate
31/01/2013 at 20:18

You moo, now I have to go over the offy and buy some liquorice allsorts!

31/01/2013 at 20:49
Give us a kiss KK
31/01/2013 at 20:51
Anyone tried googling " Amelia hill guardian "...
31/01/2013 at 20:58

KK it'll need more than a smiley face to talk me down.

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