Any reason why he couldn't be nominated for SPOTY? In a year notable for many British sporting failures how about the heart-warming tale of a 40 yr old everyday smoking drinking 'fat bloke' becoming the 1st English athlete in the men's Commonwealth marathon etc. etc.? After all, it's supposed to be based on 'personality.'
Eyes are focused on our very own Marigold this morning. What a great guy. The media reports have been fab, but then his is a brilliant and inspirational story.
Good 21 miler PP. If you don't like carrying water maybe take a fiver with you to grab something at a shop en route?
Since some of you kind folks asked: I'm off to Malaysia in a fortnight to spend the autumn writing my next book. The first novel (second book) goes to the publishers tomorrow. I'm writing some pieces for national newspapers with a possible regular feature slot in a Sunday coming up so that's a fillip. It has been a tough decision to come out of full-time teaching and I didn't really complete it until yesterday, turning down some job offers so I can write but a number of things came together including the announcement that The Boy in the River has been awarded 2013 Gold Winner by the Crime Writers' Association Daggers. Apologies for the self-indulgent paragraph but I was asked.
More importantly in this context, running-wise I've entered Frankfurt14 and VLM15 but will almost certainly defer both. I may try for the Mont Blanc marathon next June and then Frankfurt in October15 but I'm not sure I can be arsed to go through flat marathon training again. The 7 seconds no longer means anything to me, certainly not in the way sub3 does. I ran a 2h45 marathon aged 50 and tbh that has ticked my bucket list.
I think it's easy to beat up Mo Farah at this point, in the way that it was easy to have a go at Paula after the China race, however let's see in a few years. He is a great athlete who has achieved phenomenal success and is a better runner than any of us on here