Posted: Today at 19:00
D2D's YouTube channel is always good way to brighten up a dull afternoon
There was a video that went along the lines of "how to be as successful a runner as me" with a backdrop of tonnes of medals. Cringe worthy.
I met Samir a couple of years back. We'd all persuaded him to test himself at a local parkrun (which happened to be my local parkrun in Gunnersbury). He was pretty quick and finished in about 16:40 - definitely had some talent. I invited him along for my 7 mile run after and got chatting to him; he was nice enough, but genuinely believed that with funding he would be good enough for Olympic standard. Just couldn't accept that the level of talent and dedication required was on a different planet.
Last time I saw him, was when I was working at the Royal Parks half. Leading out the first wave of runners was none other than Samir, wearing a false/forged race number. Yep, you've guessed it, it was.......no. 1 !!!!
According to the race director in the lead car, he was still in the joint lead up to about 10k, then mysteriously disappeared. He never came past the finish line, and has rarely been seen in the running world since. A quick look at his Po10 page is like the Marie Celeste. Though he did come 375th at the National Cross last year. Might not be enough for the Rio selectors.
Won't beat his legendary Reading half marathon run out. Leading the race for half a mile or so! Only against sub 1hr 05 type quality like Scott Overall!
The video is insane, him leading, and then this pack of quality runners thinking "what the fudge is happening here".
Inevitable meltdown occurred, and I remember catching him at about 4miles, having a nice little chat, and then a couple of others I knew reported similar further on. Before he rolled in 1hr 30 or so.
I think he even had some niggly injury beforehand too, just to make it even more mad.
He's got a lot of quality and potential though. I'd like to see him get luck with injury, train properly, and he could probably go sub 16 for 5k.
Ok, nowhere near Olympic standard, but excellent for local fare.