Well there are actually a few points behind this post.
First if a race is set up for a specific timeframe then so long as it is specified I think that is OK,
Even in a more general race there can be a cut off time. This applies often where there is a road closure and it has to be re-opened at a certain time. However even here the requirement is often to step onto the pavement to finish.
You do have volunteers out there as well. If you are running a marathon in 10 hours that may be a good challenge for you but if the person in front finishes in 7 hours that is a long time for volunteers to be out there.
The fact is many will stay out and certainly the finish area is often left up after a cut-off time.
The times stated above are not particularly elite to be fair but are reasonably fast for say an 8 minute miler who will finish in around 25 minutes.
Actually I am in that category and also run track races for our B team. Some think there that there should be an upper time limit but never been introduced although in reality there has to be one as the 5,000M isn't run in isolation. It is part of a schedule of races and if I took 45 minutes to run it then I would impact the rest of the races. So it all depends on the event.
Tony, could be worse, You could have been in the mothers' race. That is violent and they get really competitive. Your times are OK, actually very similar to mine and I am usually around half way in races.
However a few years ago whilst in the North East, I went along to an evening race. 5 mile race in Newton Aycliffe. When I got there to enter on the night, it slowly dawned on me that this was predominantly a club race... for the good club racers.
Yes I was last although at the time it was in a PB and my first time under 40 minutes so I was actually quite happy but it was a bit of an experience. Also being an evening race around an industrial estate there weren't really any spectators so didn't even get the last runner cheer .
Well this is part of the problem of doping, It starts to tarnish everybody, People who then come through naturally and are supremely talented stand accused.
Of course part of the problem is that people can dope and get away with it.
So people do get suspected. The real answer is when people are caught they need to be punished heavily. This is the issue with Gatlin in Athletics. Cheated TWICE and now back as world leader.
However I don't see any real reason to suspect Froome specifically. The Kenyan born issue is really stupid. His parents are clearly British, he was just born there. He actually acts and sounds English (a lot more than some of the people coming into Athletics, although they do qualify by parentage) so I don't see any issue.
I think some of this is due to the 'Wimbledon factor' i.e. the French haven't won Le Tour for a long time although a lot less than the 79 years Britain had to wait for a British winner (although he of course was Scottish born )
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 £)