There are quite a few people on here (the forum not the thread) that ran "The Marathon" did anyone else report such a massive chip timing failure - because if they did it might be worth watching the whole race from start to finish on BBC Iplayer and hand time Mo Farah - he may actually have won!!!!
I know this may come across as controversial - but rather than subjecting potential immigrants to citizenship tests couldn't they just be taken to the Olympic Stadium, put on the track and told to run as fast as they can for 25 laps??
Like Wimbledon, where we were, until last year, bemoaning the fact that a British Tennis Player hadn't won the mens singles for 70 odd years, we look back with affection to 1993 as the old days when Eamon Martin won "The Marathon". his time was 2:10 50 something - more than two minutes slower than Mo's "crap" time and one of the slowest ever London winning times, and Eamon never ran quicker than that - yet he was at the time the British 10K Champion. I think we are lucky to have an athletes of the calibre of Mo, Chris Thompson and ultimately Samir to lead and inspire us with performances of excellance, Jurassic Improvement and beliefe.
Have to agree, had Chris Thompson run 2:08 instead of Mo, it would have been a great time, he still ran an English Record - beating another 25 year old record. When Scott Overall ran 2:10 something a couple of years ago it was considered a good time - Mo runs two minutes quicker and suddenly 2:08 the English record is cr*p. When Eamon Martin won London in 1993 his time was over two minutes SLOWER than Mo's and Eamon had been the British record holder over 10K - Bekele ran 2:05 in Paris in a race that was paced for him, he had no meaningful oposition. Mo on the other hand took part in what was probably the strongest field ever assembled - (alright I know it was slighltly weakened when 330 withdrew) and finished 8th, and I think the 4th fastest time by a British Athlete after Steve Jones's efforts. And lets face it - Scot Overall was on for 2:10 at half way and crashed out to 2:19. MO would probably have benefited from pace makers dropping back to help him at one point rather than him chasing them which seemed to be happening - As good a runners as Foster was - I think his commentating skills are sadly lacking - something Paula showed several times when she disagreed with what he was saying - Rant Over
330 the intention was to follow a schedule to the letter - sort of abandoned it a few weeks ago - if I had followed it my longest run would be this sunday coming (22 miles) but as I have already gone to 23 and done 22 twice and 21 twice with only one 20 - I'm only going to do 20 anyway -
I was fine with the schedule but where I failed was the speedwork - which given the long runs I just couldn't handle and given that I am just aiming to get round quicker than XX:XX:XX which is quicker than the time Pat Dobbs, one of the London ever presents time on sunday - so just decided to plod it all - will have a week off afterwards and then start doing less miles and more speed work - hopefully with the strength of all those miles - may even do a couple of parkruns.
I'll just be drinking water on the way round - there is a lot of *rap talked I think at the London - you don't need water every drink station - I think Halstead has 5 stations in total - I will drink on the way round and may walk the drink stations - (hark at me - I may walk a lot more than the drink stations!!)
Given I have done some 20s with nothing I should be OK - when I did my PB - i only had water - (i suppose I wasnt on my feet for so long though)
Just seen I am second in the fetch/rw challenge thing!! (long way to go though)