Oh Samir. The last time I posted on this thread, about 5,000 replies ago, I actually really wanted you to do well, and thought that some people were being rather harsh in their criticism. Though perhaps a little misguided, you seemed quite a likeable, decent character. Since then you appear to have regenerated into a rather unpleasant bell-end. A shame.
Thanks for the input. I will give it a try. My LSR on Sundays will become a very hilly off road run.
This is all you need to do. To be honest it seemed like you were psyching yourself out a bit about the hills - from looking at the route map on the website it's apparent it's not that hilly at all - even if you doubled the amount of climb it would still be classed as a category C fell race - i.e. the lowest in terms of climb/distance. Don't worry about following a particular training plan just for this one race - just get used to running off road hills for a couple of hours at a time and you'll be fine.
I haven't visited the RW forum for a while (to be honest I'm only here because it's a very slow day at work), but boy am I glad I dropped in - this thread is absolute gold!
Samir it's clear that you are a very unique individual and I salute your persistence, self-belief, willingness to defy convention and ability to withstand criticism. An inspiration to us all. In fact if tomorrow is as slow as today I may well go right back to the start of this thread just so that, in years to come, I can convincingly lie about being there right at the start of the career of the legend that is Samir Haddad.
If there's water near the end of my run I'll take a detour through that to get the worst off, otherwise just leave 'em outside caked in muck and hope it rains. Once (if) dry I may bang them together a few times.
A big, ironic thank you to the principal contributors to this forum thread. You have portrayed runners to the wider community as angry, hysterical, ranting, obnoxious arseholes.
That Guardian journalist to whom you were so effortlessly offensive, wrote a piece that was a model of objective balance, honesty and sensitivity. I'm not surprised that she was made to feel unwelcome here. You should be ashamed. I certainly will not be coming to this troll-domain for intelligent discussion in the future.
Woah peter ..... chill a second there bud ..... I think you'll find that once youve actually looked at the numbers very few (oh for the sake of argument lets call them all kittenkat) were offensive to her, and a majority, lets call them (oh me for example), were like 'well lets wait and see what the piece is like.
I've read through the whole thread, and while KittenKat is undoubtedly the arsehole di tutti arseholes for reacting to Amelia Hill the way she did, let's not forget you started the whole thing off by having a thinly veiled pop at a dead girl. Which could be seen as a bit obnoxious. Oh no hang on, you're actually a martyr to free speech for daring to 'tell it how it is' - it's sometimes difficult to tell the difference.