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13/12/2012 at 23:20
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.


Edited: 13/12/2012 at 23:21
14/12/2012 at 06:43
Right it's pitching Friday. Lets be having you...
M...eldy    pirate
14/12/2012 at 07:21

Yeah PITCH Day  

14/12/2012 at 09:09

what is the closing date for aspiring pitchers to get their best curve ball in by ?

M...eldy    pirate
14/12/2012 at 09:26

Late on the 17th ... I'm on nights so it will give me *cough* something to do 

14/12/2012 at 10:33

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.

Edited: 14/12/2012 at 10:34
M...eldy    pirate
14/12/2012 at 11:30

Great pitch Malcs !!!!

M...eldy    pirate
14/12/2012 at 11:31

.. and just to clarify, I can be bought as well     

14/12/2012 at 11:34
Here is ??1 - you can keep the change
14/12/2012 at 12:12
Great Pitch Malcs, a good read
14/12/2012 at 12:28

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!

Edited: 14/12/2012 at 12:28
seren nos    pirate
14/12/2012 at 13:10

Malcs.I will hopefully be down for the marathon running or supporting...........It s a brilliant 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 really need a mentor 

14/12/2012 at 13:12

Seren - can you be bought as well ??

seren nos    pirate
14/12/2012 at 13:19

not with mushy peas

14/12/2012 at 13:21

14/12/2012 at 13:49

Malcs you got me in tears here.   Great pitch.

14/12/2012 at 13:56

Minni - can you be bought as well ?? Do you like mushy peas ?

14/12/2012 at 14:09

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.

14/12/2012 at 14:14

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. 

14/12/2012 at 14:17
Spoons. wrote (see)

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.

Consider it done!!! 

(The decision is made before Christmas, isn't it? )

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