FB - I completely agree again, and I'm definitely NOT only interested in runners who are in the limelight. The ones achieving greatness quietly are, in many ways, more interesting. I've just had a look at Shades' thread - brilliant! Keep them coming!
CM - A big hand to your dad; what a man - please wish him all the best with his recovery.
I guess I'm just fascinated by people who push themselves through extreme pain - partly because I truly can't understand how and why they do it. (Regular, moderate training is plenty tough enough for me.) Needless to say, I have huge respect for living legends like Ron Hill.
I'm not interested in discovering what exactly is or is not mad - I just really like hearing about completely, amazingly dedicated runners and their running feats.