Having seen first hand how the news can be manipulated I agree and as an editor he should be aware of that too. I would have been happy if he had said that completing a marathon for anyone is an achievement Oscar Pistorius's mum said “The real loser is never the person who crosses the finishing line last,” “The real loser is the person who sits on the side. The person who does not even try to compete.”
Unfortunately even if it was an answer to a different question it is the answer that is read.
As for Ryan - every comment is scrutinised and checked for accuracy in America and more so if you are the next possible Vice President.
As the editor of a running magazine derisive comments are not within his purview. He should be completely neutral and avoid offending aspiring runners who work week in week out to achieve their PBs - no matter what the time is. I have seen numerous comments on the marathon threads telling people that everyone who runs is a runner so comments like that are completely inappropriate given that we are striving to encourage more not fewer people into the sport and not make it elitist. The Olympics said 'inspire a generation', where is the inspiration in comments like that.
I have just read an article on the BBCwebsite with regards to Paul Ryan, a US Vice Presidential candidate - so what's it got to do with running you ask.
Well not much and a lot depending on what side of the 4hr marathon barrier you currently sit.
This is an very abbreviated version
Quizzed by radio host Hugh Hewitt on his marathon personal best (PB), Ryan replied: "Under three, I think, you know, high twos... a two hour and fifty-something."
But it transpires that Ryan only ran 4:01:25 in a race in 1990.
This is not the reason for the thread this is -
David Castle, editor of Running Fitness magazine with a marathon PB of 2:53:47, concurs.
"Marathon runners are very protective of their PB. Anyone running under three hours will have put in a fair amount of training. Model Nell McAndrew [who reduced her personal best by 14 minutes to clock 2:54 in this year's London Marathon] is virtually training like a professional athlete.
"You will certainly be doing up to 40 or 50 miles a week, running five times a week."
Each time barrier is hugely significant. A sub 1:30 half marathon or a sub-40 10k is hugely important for amateur runners. You can tell by the way runners so often refer to seconds, even in a PB for a long race.
If your half marathon personal best is 1:39:38, you never round to 1:40. You tore yourself apart for those 22 seconds. Those were the 22 seconds that nearly broke you.
"When we talk about runners becoming proper runners, [it might be] under 3:30 [for a marathon]," suggests Castle.
But there is always the temptation caused by "bravado", Castle says.
"Who wants to say they ran four hours? It's an OK time but not a runner's time.
So despite all that is said about running, according to Mr David Castle you are not a runner unless you can run under 4hrs for a marathon!! That puts me back to jogging then as my time of 4:1:29 at 57 is not a runners time.
Taken from the article - There is no shame in 4:01:25. Even a four-hour marathon is a gruelling, extraordinary feat. Most people's marathon PB is: "I'm yet to run a marathon."
Thankfully I only subscribe to Runners World otherwise I would cancel my subscription if I had one to Running Fitness!!!!!!
BB - my work colleague had the same problem and it was suggested that as you only hire the chip they need to have a means to bill you if you don't return it and a CC that has expired before the race means they are out of pocket!! It should have been at the beginning and not just as you try to pay though!!
ADG - Berlin is lot more crowded than Amsterdam, all the way around. Not sure what pen you have put yourself in but get right to the front of it as some parts this year were a bit narrow for the number of people due to building works etc and the further back you are at the start (F, G or H) the more you have to pass.