Criticism is easy,as someone who has run many marathons in the past, logging up two age catogary 2nd places in 1992 and1993 plus age catogary win 1994 all in London,I think I know a good race when I see one. and this WAS one of the best races,chipkemei ran a fantastic race herself, so some of you think Chipkemei is poor competition? think again, look at her record,and she did`nt just give Paula the race , paula beat her by hard work and guts.who would any of you have put your money on 1/2 mile from home ?,I`ve personaly had a couple of bad marathons, suffering from heat and dehydration,and know how low it makes you feel, but came back to win my AAA half marathon medal, and go on to my london wins,also, times although important do`nt always bring the most pleasure,1993 my time in London age 57, was 2hours 40, I came second,1994 my time was 2hours 42mins, I came first, do I have to say what result I was most pleased with, the win every time,finaly some of you keep on about the money, well its easy, you too can do it , all it takes is to train twice a day run about 142 miles a week,eat properly, get to bed at a proper time, cut down on the booze, the rest is easy,people will tell you you`ve done everything right,there`s no competition,go out and win the race is yours,WELL DONE PAULA, some of us never lost faith in you.
like I`ve said SWRR is a realy good club 90 minutes,(how did you get a name like that, lol)I ran for the south west roadrunners for a few years,up untill I had a cartillage opperation, that finished my racing, although when I worked at Okehampton army training camp, I was still running about 4 miles most days on the moor, finishing with about 1/2 hour in the gym, usualy on the rowing machine or bike, we did`nt have a treadmill when I was there,but they retired me when I reached 65, that will be 3 years come February, since then I have`nt done much only the odd few miles,but miss realy it, so I`m going to try the first chance 10k, and see how the knee holds up, so I might see you there, I think it was about the end of 1985 or beginning of 86 when I joined the SWRR, we had a good vets team, the three Brians, Brian Robinson,Brian Lambert, and myself, we could hold our own against most vets,but thats all our yesterdays, lol, its what we can do today that matters,and as far as I`m concerned, I`m not a patch on the old me, but I`m going to have a go, see you there. Dave Pressley will remember me, if you remind him he told me off for running 10 miles the day before the 1993 London marathon, and comming second in my age catogary, I was beaten by only a few seconds, and Dave reconned my 10 miler the previous day, is what cost me my win, but I think the other fellow was just better than me ,lol.
Hi 90 and seabird,well seabird, I`ve ran Dartmoor all times of the year, and all weathers, I just love the place,and thats it , you will either love it or hate it,lol,90 , do you belong to any of the Exeter clubs ?,I used to run for the South West Roadrunners, its a realy friendly club, although I trained mostly on my own, because by the time I finished work , got home changed and traveled the 25 miles to whipton, their training session was half over,so I used to just race with them,got on well with the Exeter harriers members aswell, there was friendly rivalry there, two very good clubs.
I`m from South Zeal, 5 miles from Okehampton Devon, right on the edge of Dartmoor, the village is part of the national park, its a fantastic training area,you could run 1 mile or 30 miles without having to stop for traffic,but if its flat running you want , you wont find it here, lol.