Inside our April 2013 issue

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Running scared?

For 17 years, running was Neil McDonagh’s life: his high-school career led to a scholarship at Georgia Tech University in the US, where he hit a 4:04 mile. After college, he earned $8,000 a year in prize money from road races, which complemented his job coaching cross-country at the University of West Florida. The problem was, he was always stressed – losing sleep weeks before a race, wondering if he was on the right training plan. In 2009, after training his hardest and still struggling to race well, he acknowledged: this isn’t fun.

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RE "You Win!" on page 147 - as I cannot find anywhere on your site!   Yes, Senor Anaya was 100% correct in his actions.   The Kenyan made a genuine mistake and running is not all about winning at any cost.   I've been running for many years, having completed 66 marathons, and have lost count of the times I have stopped during an event to help another runner in distress.   Worst example was a fellow runner who had collapsed in the gutter on the promenade towards the end of the Blackpool marathon a few years ago.   He was totally ignored by other runners, spectators and marshals.   I have completed in several events in Spain, inc the Las Palmas marathon, and have always been impressed by the sporting attitude of Spanish runners.   Senor Anaya was just maintaining this attitude.   Perhaps some of our professional footballers could learn a thing or two about sportsmanship from us runners!


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