Posted: 28/07/2014 at 08:35
Big G - the TV coverage is for all nations watching, which is why you see little of the athletes not at the lead of the race. In most Championship marathons you rarely get a glimpse or a mention of our athletes.
I've just heard Steve Way on the radio being interviewed by Vassos on Chris Evans programme and he interviews very well, most impressive.
That's good you've got this week off to prepare for baby.
I don't think it excuses BF etc not sharing the information they had on the splits though. I'm not just talking about Way or the Brits, but all the other athletes. I was getting more information off of the MarathonTALK online chat system than I was from the TV coverage (people there had access to the splits). I do accept though that for the vast majority of viewers, they probably don't really want to know about splits etc and the coverage has to cater for everyone and not just stats geeks like me Personally though, I also don't want to know about the history of some bridge that the runners pass as to me that means the commentators are clutching at straws very early on in the race. Also, to miss a sprint finish at the end, just doesn't seem right to me. Please note that I'm not usually a BBC-basher. Generally, I think the BBC is great.
I do agree though that he interviews very well. I wonder if anyone will be inspired by him? From a lot of the chat on Facebook and also comments on some of the national newspaper website reports, he seems to have got a lot of people talking, which can only be a good thing.
Anyway....I'm off for a ride