Are you inspired by Alex Vero's ambitions, or slightly insulted?

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19/10/2008 at 19:04

In case anyone is interested - Mr Vero's "subject", Ben Moreau, ran 2:22:36 in Amsterdam today, 19th I think.

19/10/2008 at 21:33

That just shows how hard sub-2.15 (Alex Vero's original target) is-Ben Moreau is a very,very good runner,and still came up 7-8 minutes short.

How did Alex himself do ?

19/10/2008 at 23:46
Alex Vero DNS
20/10/2008 at 04:44
20/10/2008 at 09:19

Very well run mate. See that you achieved your goal, which is great going considering what  you've been through with injuries etc. What's up next?

I'm kicking myself for having missed the opportunity of meeting up at the North Mids at Markeaton Park last weekend. Looks like you have a solid run there. Will you be at the Natl XC Relays at Berry Hill? Jim is a good target - he runs well. For me, focusing on half marathon through to Christmas, then will switch to a marathon plan for the run up to Paris.

20/10/2008 at 14:40
i think its good that vero is trying to do something to be proud of
20/10/2008 at 19:55
Hi Marmite - sadly won't be running the XC Relays - rather too old and slow to make the team. Surprisingly I beat Jim at Markeaton, though I suspect that he wouldn't have been too pleased with his effort.
20/10/2008 at 20:51


Cheers mate, had a decent run considering once again going off too quick but hey, it was a good training run and sets me up nicely now. Had a load of races lined up, but watching the videos back I've got some serious other problems I need to iron out, so it's head's down now, training and forgetting about racing for a bit now... let this recovery happen then time to kick some backside and get this Champ FLM start for a half me thinks... that's No.1 Priority before the end of the year.

BTW, met Mr Vero who came upto me wishing me the best which was nice of him... seems a nice bloke and at least Ben did him proud so hopefully should see a nice end to the documentary!

Cheers Pug

Edited: 20/10/2008 at 20:53
21/10/2008 at 10:05

A scalp is a scalp, all's fair in love and racing........ How about the rest of the North Mids? I won't be at Corby but I will be at Berry Hill, perhaps we could meet for a chin-wag there?

Sounds good to me mate. Which race are you targetting the sub-75?

21/10/2008 at 18:05
Marmite..definately will be at Berry Hill, I'll wander round to the Redhill tent and ask for you. If my trainings going to plan I should be getting close to Mick Smedley (Derby - M60).
03/11/2008 at 14:00
Did anyone notice that Tom Bedford ran a 2:33 marathon last week on no specific training and is now looking to go sub 2:25 in Rotterdam next April
03/11/2008 at 14:10
Grendel, yes I saw that. The perfect example of my arguement that if you've got it, it will show itself pretty quickly.

The 2:33 was done off six months of steady running at 60mpw. He originally planned to do sub 2:25 in 2-3 years, but if he makes it at Rotterdam that will have taken about 12 months. The AW article about this quotes as having aspirations to go sub 2:20 if he hits his Rotterdam target.
04/11/2008 at 13:08

I agree that talent will out - he may find that he needs to change his attitude a little bit regarding his partying lifestyle as he may find a big difference between 2:33 and 2:20 - but it will be interesting to see what he manages, and I guess like a lot of runners I would love to see more half decent marathon runners.

05/11/2008 at 08:57
Have had another look at this after reading the 2:12 marathon thread.
05/11/2008 at 12:03
Birkmyre - can you point me in the direction of the 2:12 thread please -
05/11/2008 at 13:18

Grendel3 - sure it's on this ( Training ) page.

 Just scroll down, theres been comments on it today.

Interesting read and debate !

23/12/2008 at 00:45

I have to say after being an early supporter of this project I totally lost interest. I initially felt inspired by Vero's enthusiasm and drive and a feeling that "anybody could do it" in an American dream kind of way  . Not sure if it was injury, but why didnt he run Amsterdam ? 

Moving on, I managed to sneak a club entry for London (will be my first marathon), anyone know if RW will be having "pace" runners there this year, as I am waging war on 3hours, and am likely to evaporate after 2 !!!

15/09/2009 at 13:07
Loved it or hated it the documentary is now completed after a grueling 3 years in production.

I'm going to be having a screening of the documentary at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair on the 28th of October 2009 starting from 7:30 pm. Tickets are £10 and can be booked on Pay Pal through the link

If you can't make it there are still a few tickets left to see a 20 minute version at cinema's nation wide as part of the Adventure Film Festival

The documentary will be available to buy on DVD from January 2009. If you would like to be put in the mailing list please contact me at

Happy running.

15/09/2009 at 19:34
With respect, it may be easier to make the Olympic Team than fill a cinema at 10 quid a pop!

Anyway, good luck but my money is staying firmly in my pocket!
16/09/2009 at 12:45

Just frefound this thread.

I'll have a read again later.

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