Big G - I can understand UKA pulling the other 2 members as they no longer had a team and I think they are limited to the numbers they can field who don't have the A standard.. I think the message is right, throw the gauntlet down to the athletes to do better and get the qualifying times. The qualifying time is only seconds faster than Paula's time.
Re your non running mates and the comments, they are trying to justify their lazy and unhealthy life styles, far more of them will die prematurely and most importantly they won't have the quality of life that exercise gives you. And I bet if you ask them if they are happy with what they see in the mirror, they'll get cross with you!
Emmy - it was so dark this morning when I ran, can't believe the difference in a few days. But it was very warm this morning, even though it was windy.
I'm doing Dingle 50 and I don't want to DNS as I've heard that this is the last time the 50 miler will be on. I've heard conflicting stories, one that there will be no ultra after this year and others that the distance will drop to 39.3 miles, not sure if that would take you over Conor Pass which is the special part of this race.
Big G - there are 3 required for the team event at the Europeans and although it was a shame that the team were pulled but they were warned, so maybe the runners should have pulled together to try and keep that team together. What's very sad is that we didn't have any other runners that could make the qualifying time.
Short run for me today as I have a niggle, sore foot, the joint below my big toe so I'm hoping it's just a little post race soreness that will go as I have a 50 mile race in 10 days time.