yes and made the huge sum of £397 on its opening day. Yes that is the right amount, I haven't missed a k or a million after the numbers. the million however should follow 17 which is how much FIFA invested in the film (that may be $ rather than £. the 397 is definitely £)
I didn't see the programme but this really disappoints me.
First WADA need to investigate this and I think UKA and Mo are right to be a bit cautious until the details are our. He will get tarnished by association, mainly because a lot of previous scandals have been led by the coach e.g. Balco. having said that the athlete still needs to be involved. It is interesting again that this is in the US. Our athletes so often seem to get caught up when out there. Chambers (Balco) and Myerscough (Stanford University). Also the US have taken a light line. Gatlin is a disgrace and shouldn't be competing. Having said all of that I think the US is finally starting to get its act together.
The other really sad thing about all of this is that any athlete who improves is then seen as suspect. Athletes can suddenly improve for all sort of reasons. Often because they start really taking their athletics and training seriously. Sometimes it takes them a while to realize how dedicated they need to be and Mo really focused on his training a few years back.
I do trust our athletes in general more than most and Alan Wells being named was very bad news. Drugs are a scourge of sport and really got depressed last week about drugs in all sport. We need to keep fighting the battle but one thing is clear. Athletes can get away with drug-taking so when they are caught the penalty MUST be severe. Oh dear they made a mistake give them a 2 year detention doesn't cut it. If they get caught they need to be out.
Show us "bright spots of Luton", "scenic run in Rochdale" or "Joyous Journey through Jaywick"
Aren't those represented by the pretty ladies on the cover?
Sadie from Luton sort of thing.... Um
WDOT50 - do you mind I am from Luton and we have a road race series that has three very nice routes. Ok so two fo the races are on the edge of Luton and run straight out of it up through Luton Hoo but The third is OK in Wardown park.
Indeed the breach of contract discussion above worries me slightly.
Arguably true but most races are run by clubs who do their very best and most do get them measured. Sometimes errors occur but really most are doing road races as a commercial enterprise.
Of course there are some that do just that. Larger charities and indeed some run there as a business. If you are in the £25+ entry fee category then I think that is fair, as much as anything because they will have full time staff.
Club Races have people going out on a Sunday with a course measurer, marking up relevant mile points and turns on the course as best they can. Obvious enough to find in the future, not too obvious so that a local oik recognizes they can cause trouble, That is the big issue on race day as well. You generally can't mark up the day before because somebody will move a marker or remove it completely. So you typically are going out at 6am in the morning marking up before sending you marshalls out at 9am for a 10am race. Turning up, paying your £10 and running 10k is the easy bit.
For proper club races etc, then the course should have been measured by a qualified measurer and a certificate should be displayed at the Registration in the HQ area to confirm this.
The whole measurement process is quite involved. Usually involves a Jones counter on a bicycle. This is calibrated with a steel tape with allowance made for ambient temperature.
The bicycle is ridden over the shortest course. Apart from big city marathons there isn't a blue line painted but it will have been measured without wiggling about and assuming the shortest line that will legitimately be taken.
There is also a 1 in a 1,000 built in allowance to avoid a short course. So for a 10K race you will typically run 10M over the 10K but it should mean it is never short. For records there is a maximum difference between the height above sea level at the start to the finish i.e. a race which is all downhill is not allowed for records.
Now of course if a marshall is put in a wrong place then there is not much you can do about that. I remember a 5 mile race we did a few years back which was an out and back over two laps. The cone marking the turn out on the course was put in the wrong place effectively shortening the course by 30 yards. Fortunately we were a big suspicious as the leaders came round first time. The official County course measurer happened to be timekeeper for the day. He cycled out rapidly, found the error and moved the cone back 60 yards to cater for the missed 30 and we had a valid 5 mile race! That took some quick thinking and action.
I do remember about 15 years back running the Welwyn 5 mile race. It was very flat and the a number of Kenyan runners came over to attempt the world record at the time. One duly beat it by a lot. As it was a world record, the race had to be measured again to ratify it and then it turned out it was 8 yards short, He would have beaten the world record if he had run another 8 yards but of course it couldn't be ratified. That was very embarrassing for the organisers.