Wow, I remember reading this a couple of years back, always wondered how he'd get on.
Tough luck Alex, sorry to read it didn't work out for you fella. I know how injury and illness and determination to finish a mara can f*** you up. I'm still paying the price for finishing the 2007 FLM when the smart move would have been to pull out, haven't done a proper run since! Ah well, hindsight's a wonderful thing.
Are you still running Alex? Just wondered how close you got to the 2.30 target.
I spent about 14 months out with an achillies injury but back running 4 times a week and have done a few half-ironmans over the summer. Everyone is welcome to come along, even you 'hobbling harrier'. If my memory serves me correct you were a little upset at times about the documentary but I think that you might find that you actually enjoy it.
There are less then 80 tickets left which can be booked at http://www.alexvero.co.uk/screenings.htm
Here is a trailer for it - http://www.alexvero.co.uk/trailer.htm
A Thomas Bedford ran 2:24:07 today at Dublin Marathon. Is it the same one and will his Dad pay up?
This is Tom finishing the marathon
Forget all about the self-serving Alex Vero and be inspired instead by what Tom Bedford has achieved. He's also raised a considerable amount of money for charity. In fact, why not click through to the Entoto Foundation and donate some yourself - I already have.
I've just watched it, I thought it was quite interesting. I would liked to have seen more of the training and specific schedules Alex went through.
I thought it had been dumbed down a bit for the general public. Alex's achievements were admirable tho in the time frame.
Did anyone else get the impression from the film that Ben Moreau won the Bath half marathon?
Yes I did, I meant to look at the results because there was a guy at the front at the start, who I recognised.
Didn't he win then?...lol
Typical film makers!
He came 3rd - winner was British (I think) and beat him by 1m 40s.
It's not a big deal - I was surprised his time was good enough to win such a big race and it wasn't. I just assumed from the film he had won.
There were quite a few half truths in the film that I tried not to let bother me. I'm still trying.
Well he trained for 2 years but had a few months out for injury. But somewhere in there was a run in the Paris Marathon where he crashed and burned - where did that fit in? I'm confused about the timescales.
Also, he mentions his mileage (100('s) of miles a week) but I thought he ran 100 a few times but it was all in kilometres.
We never did find out what his best marathon was - we kept hearing about "being in 2:30 shape". Would have been nice to see his true progression. It seems like the default position is fat bloke to sub 2:30 marathoner. But he didn't get anywhere near 2:30 did he?
Featuring Ben Moreau was great but he's so far away from the necessary standard that it seemed a bit misleading along with the perceived bath half finish.
Anyway, I enjoyed the program and maybe all of the above is a necessary evil of the medium.
Yeah I think it should have been spread over 5/6 1hour programmes and shown in a more precise detailed way. The details almost seemed secondary.
I didn't feel like I'd been on the journey with him. Big gaps in time. He mentioned 100m/week, but I wanted to see the suffering behind it. Words are just that. He came back off a 22m run and said, "I'm knackered". I wanted to see more.
I thought it was a sloppy piece of film making - lots of discontinuities as mentioned above. Confusing at times - some of the time the target was mentioned as being 2hrs 20 but in other places, the original 2hrs 15 was discussed.
I laughed at one point when he said that all his doubters had actually strengthened his resolve "without you I'd have given up". Hang on mate, but you did give up!
The biggest flaw I think was that by being both hero and fim maker, the whole thing lacked editorial objectivity. Lots of scenes of Vero striding majestically through the countryside and puffing hard after yet another gruelling training session. A different editor would have been much harder on him and his failures, and maybe the viewer would have understood better why it's not just a matter of wanting something badly enough.
I suppose if he hadn't been so naive, he would have realised what any number of people were telling him - that it was all going to be a pipe dream. All he seems to have achieved athletically was a 73 min half marathon. I'm amused to see on his website that he offers his services as "motivational speaker". Even funnier he is offering himself as a personal trainer. Qualifications???
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