I saw Samir running along Chiswick High Road yesterday. Must have been a recovery run as he wasn't going at his usual warp speed.
Also, did anyone see him leading for the opening few miles at the Royal Parks half last month, wearing a fake race number. Have a guess which number he chose to forge? That's right......no. 1 - I've got a photo to prove it to.
Not sure what happened but he didn't finish the race. A tragedy for his many fans.
They probably don't want you to know this, and understandably don't publicise the fact, but the letter you receive in March which tells you that you absolutely have to take to the expo in order to pick up your number - isn't 100% the case.
So long as you are a genuinely registered entrant and you bring appropriate ID, they will let you collect your number without the letter, provided you go to the info desk to get yourself verified. I usually work at the expo and have picked up my race number without the letter a couple of times.
If you don't receive your letter in March due to theft, don't panic. They'll still let you race. Obviously it makes things easier and quicker if you do have it.
LS21 - you're a born salesman mate. Next weekend btw; have suffered a couple of career ending niggles during the taper which seem to be OK now. Just need to avoid bird flu and/or ebola now for 10 days and I might get to the start line in one piece.
CD - what surprises me is that here in the UK, and right across Europe, second tier Kenyans mop up the prize money at second tier events - £1000 here, £500 there, and so on. So why isn't someone signing up some of these Japanese kids and doing the same. Perhaps I should go on Dragons Den to plead for the airfare to Tokyo?
Never been bitten by a dog, but did get hit by a herd of deer two years ago in Richmond Park during the Christmas Day parkrun. Probably cost me the win!
DrD - once you're back on your chair, you should check out Japan's Ageo City half marathon this weekend. No Africans, just university students.
Every year, sub 1h10 rarely gets you inside the top 400 in a field of about 500. Yes, you did read that right. Check out the finish line video in the link above; it's insane seeing them flooding over the finish line at about 65 minutes in. Looks like what you'd see on the Mall after 4.5 hours. Last year, there were only 17 finishers out of 500 slower than 80 minutes. Staggering that none of them seem to step up to the sub 2h07 marathon times.