Going back a few years, used to love it when the forum picked another often utterly irrelevant forum to invade, usually between Christmas and New Year, started off with RW USA I think, a bunch of ridiculous threads started, many arguments and the fun of it being that their mods were tucked up in bed for the bulk of it, one other 'attack' was on a knitting forum IIRC, them were't days
Along similar lines was the 'Bromley Vets' thread that ended up with a semi takeover of the forum for the Veterinarians of Bromley
In the past ive argued strongly against pirate running kit and will do so again here.
My reasoning is that the pirates are a tri club and ironman focused. Now you might wonder ‘but we have cycling kit’, yes we do, but running kit is another dimension in my opinion and opens the pirates to a change which im not comfortable with.
Call me an old softie but there is something special about the pirates, something we associate with ourselves and are seen to represent, and this has nothing to do with running. What we represent is clear to see when your racing, pretty much anywhere in the world. Even when racing in Arizona ive been singled out and supported for the sheer fact im wearing pirate kit.
What we represent all hangs together based on the groups visibility at IM races, whether competing, supporting, volunteering etc. It defines what we represent.
As the pirates have grown we have attracted a minority that see pirate kit as an easy ticket to getting supported, who don’t participate and are never heard from. I worry that running kit adds another dimension to this and is a dilution of what we represent. Im particularly apprehensive about running kit given we’re based on a running forum. Running kit opens up scenarios im not comfortable with.
We’ve managed 10 years without running kit, people (myself included) have run London Marathon in tri kit. I don’t see a compelling reason to start doing pirate running kit.
Yet there doesn't seem to be an issue with doing cycle specific Pirate kit ? I really can't understand the logic.
But as I say, I don't want to cause disagreements, it was purely down to personal choice of what I would prefer to run in as I really don't like the monaco sleeveless vest things.