Pudge, as nell said, it's not hatred, just despair. I just can't see anything positive in this at all. Oh, it won't be the armaggeddon that we were warned about, but it's going to be a very messy and acrimonious divorce.
All strava tells you is that a GPS unit took a particular course and the speed it was doing. If there's HR information with it then you know that someone took the same course, and you'll have some idea of the effort going on. Doesn't tell you who it was though, and gps files can be manipulated to give faster speeds.
To me, it seems that the people who do this kind of thing but publicise where they're going to be in advance and invite people along to do some of the running or riding with them are generally genuine, but the ones who do it behind closed doors, as it were, don't stand up to scrutiny.
TmR - looks like an attempt to follow the triathlon model of age group racing, except that triathlon have a bona fide age group world championships to qualify for. In this case they don't really have a proper end event to aim for.
As for qualifying, in 2015 I ranked 16th on Po10 for marathon, but only one of those listed above me had run in any of the 5 races EA list (well, maybe a few more did, but not their best time for the year). So CW would get in no problem, but as PP says, who would he be racing against?