Six of the Best
Minni wrote (see)
RW do it every year - you think it's going so well than at the last minute they put a spanner on the works. It's crazy to put people into categories and ask them to tout for votes then nobody wins.
Yeah PITCH Day
what is the closing date for aspiring pitchers to get their best curve ball in by ?
Late on the 17th ... I'm on nights so it will give me *cough* something to do
Having missed out on a Targer 26.2 place yesterday I humbly submit my pitch for a place on the forum 6. If you are one of the 2 people who read my 26.2 vote for me thread then I apologise for shamelessly recycling some of the material from there.
I’m a Scottish born rugby player, living in England with a Welsh wife and two children of confused nationality.
I started running about 5 years ago partly to keep fit for rugby but mainly because my wife started and I was scared she’d be fitter than me. Sad but true. She has since got her own back by starting triathlons as she knows I can’t swim! This is not quite true, I’m happy with a gentle breaststroke but my chin needs to be at least two inches above the water or I get a panic attack. If the forum 6 training involves any water based activity beyond showering I might as well rule myself out now.
Anyway, I have been running for 5 years and coincidentally have completed 5 marathons. I was probably best prepared for my first one but tragically hit the wall at 20 miles and crawled home, like a child screaming for his mother, in 4hrs 10mins. My other races have been a picture of consistency - all completed within a minute of 3:59. This would have been great had I not been aiming for sub 3:45 on all four occasions.
My Half PB is 1:34 and my 10K is 42:05. Both were achieved earlier this year. My last 4 half marathons were all under 1:36 and have been getting progressively faster. Based on these times I'm convinced that I am capable of running a sub 3:30 marathon. I think I have the speed but my endurance is clearly pants.
My wife would accuse me of being stubborn. I'm taking this to mean determined and counting it as a strength. My biggest weakness is my ability to be swayed by anyone who says something with enough confidence to sound that they are right. I am, in essence, a real life version of the Paul Whitehouse character Indecisive Dave. No, I'm not, yes I am. As long as I only have one mentor I'll be fine and will follow what they say to the letter - throw two in the mix and I'm stuffed.
I am still in shock from not making the Asics 5 this year. I'd bribed every member of the RW/Asics team and they stitched me up at the last minute. I would take legal action but as my activities were less than above board I'm going to have to just take it on the chin.
Winning a place on the forum six would help to rebuild the dream that was so painfully shattered all those hours ago. I applied for the competition for a good reason - I need help, badly.
PS. I have just booked myself in for the Great Welsh Marathon on 21st April.
Great pitch Malcs !!!!
.. and just to clarify, I can be bought as well
Thanks M...eldy, I would have happily entered into negotiations with you had my previous attempt to gain entry by illicit means not failed so badly - I guess I'll have to hope I can make it the old fashioned way this time
Paul - cheers, when is yours going up, come on, time is of the essence!
carterusm - if bidding is starting that low I might reconsider!
Malcs.I will hopefully be down for the marathon running or supporting...........It s a brilliant course.you got my vote..............but then there is no voting in this thread
and a 1:36 halfd shouyld have you getting better than a 3:59 marathon...you really need a mentor
Seren - can you be bought as well ??
not with mushy peas
Malcs you got me in tears here. Great pitch.
Minni - can you be bought as well ?? Do you like mushy peas ?
I would like to confess that I am the offical adjudicator and will decide who gets a place. I also want a new bike for Christmas.
seren - excellent, I hope you'll be there running. Either way you can talk tri with Mrs Malcs as I'm sure she'd want to pick your brains.
Minni - thanks but please put me out of my misery re. those contraband emoticon mini pic things!
Spoons - please send us the link to your Amazon Wish List.
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