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If you cannot accept that the moderator, whoever it is on that particular day, has the final decision on this Board, then please go elsewhere and find another board on which to post. That is exactly what most people do. Why should we want the hassle from the AW moderators associated with posting on...
by XCrunner
Sun Jun 25, 2006 2:47 pm
 
Forum: Off track
Topic: Please explain the overzealous editing
Replies: 28
Views: 11097

admin wrote:You still haven't answered the question. What gives you the right to argue with a moderator's decision?
Exactly the same right that you have to argue with anybody else on this forum.

Do you really consider that your arguments are somehow superior to everybody else?
by XCrunner
Sun Jun 25, 2006 12:17 pm
 
Forum: Off track
Topic: Please explain the overzealous editing
Replies: 28
Views: 11097

You haven't answered the question. Are you suggesting the Board should not be moderated? I have no objection to moderation provided you comply with your own guidelines. This AW forum has a reputation for censoring posts by contributors. Why should we post anything on this forum if we are concerned ...
by XCrunner
Sun Jun 25, 2006 10:24 am
 
Forum: Off track
Topic: Please explain the overzealous editing
Replies: 28
Views: 11097

Moderators have a job to do. When a decision is made, what gives you the right to argue with it? I would suggest that your attitude is the principle reason why this forum is dying. We do not have a choice. As administrators of the forum, you have the ability to change people's words, delete posts a...
by XCrunner
Sun Jun 25, 2006 9:07 am
 
Forum: Off track
Topic: Please explain the overzealous editing
Replies: 28
Views: 11097

Re: Please explain the overzealous editing

In the past week one of my threads and one of XCRunner's threads have completely disappeared, edited out, without comment from the forum administration. Heavy handed censorship by AW on this forum must be one of the principle reasons why it is a very poor forum and few people want to contribute. It...
by XCrunner
Sun Jun 25, 2006 6:27 am
 
Forum: Off track
Topic: Please explain the overzealous editing
Replies: 28
Views: 11097

Think about how you would feel if you had run your pb in the race? You've been told by UKA that the times are OK, and yet the speculation still continues. Think how much worse you would feel if you broke a National record using dubious techniques, only to see it disallowed when the record is scruti...
by XCrunner
Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:52 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BMC Watford
Replies: 29
Views: 7166

Hello XCrunner. Your interpretation is not correct. Having heard all views, AW is comfortable that the starter and marksman, both incredibly well respected officials, acted correctly and within the rules, which state that the the start is at the discretion of the starter. In the interests of the at...
by XCrunner
Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:52 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BMC Watford
Replies: 29
Views: 7166

He did not start several metres in front of the start line. See the vid on the tv channel and you will see what happened. Its over done with and finished. Yes he did. The camera angle makes measuring the distance difficult but he started in lane six but just behind the lane seven athlete. There are...
by XCrunner
Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:16 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BMC Watford
Replies: 29
Views: 7166

spoke to the starter and marksman last night and both concur that everything ok The starter and the marksman are deluding themselves and the athletes. Do they really believe that this bending of the Rules is acceptable in sport? When athletics degenerates into a manipulation of the Rules with the c...
by XCrunner
Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:23 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BMC Watford
Replies: 29
Views: 7166

It depends on the interpretation of IAAF rule 144 "Giving Assistance" For the purposes of this Rule the following shall be considered as assistance, and therefore not allowed: (i) pacing in races by persons not participating in the race... Any athlete giving or receiving assistance from within the c...
by XCrunner
Sat Jun 17, 2006 5:58 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BMC Watford
Replies: 29
Views: 7166

If a pacer can start at any place on the track, then I presume we will see pacemakers starting at the 500m metre mark and assisting the athletes over the final 300 metres.

Can road race hares start their marathon pace setting at 13 miles?

When and where will this type of nonsense end?
by XCrunner
Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:27 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BMC Watford
Replies: 29
Views: 7166

A coach / athlete verbal agreement that goes wrong is not worth the paper it is written on. TM and AR did not have a written contract so any split no matter who instigates is between themselves and nobody else. You pay for what you get, TM did not incur any costs whilst coaching AR (this is not in ...
by XCrunner
Sun May 21, 2006 8:52 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Tom McNab's AW letter!
Replies: 16
Views: 3917

by XCrunner
Mon May 15, 2006 11:16 pm
 
Forum: Off track
Topic: What to call United Kingdomish people?
Replies: 12
Views: 4186

The Aussies just call us Poms.

We call people from the USA, Yanks.

Why get worried over a name?
by XCrunner
Sat May 13, 2006 11:43 pm
 
Forum: Off track
Topic: What to call United Kingdomish people?
Replies: 12
Views: 4186

The quickest way to lose all contributors to a forum is to apply a heavy hand. ...refused to 'play nicely' and so instead of wasting our time running around, deleting his posts and sending numerous PMs, we felt it would save a whole lot more of our time if he was simply banned. He had more than his ...
by XCrunner
Sat May 13, 2006 11:39 pm
 
Forum: Off track
Topic: James Montgomery banned
Replies: 5
Views: 2586

Re: AW Editorial 11th May

slowcoach wrote:
XCrunner wrote:
Just two emerging talents (Steve Ovett and Tessa Sanderson) from the 1976 Olympic team went on to win individual Olympic medals in later years.


What about that teenager who finished 18th in the Decathlon? Francis something or other...
Sorry, how could I have missed him!
by XCrunner
Sat May 13, 2006 11:32 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: AW Editorial 11th May
Replies: 19
Views: 3464

Good to see DASH athletics in Stockport getting an enthusiastic review in AW.

A correction to one statements may be in order however.

The Council did not withdraw all funding from athletics and has continued to support the local athletic Clubs as well as DASH.
by XCrunner
Sat May 13, 2006 11:20 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Clubs Focus -DASH Athletics
Replies: 3
Views: 1072

Re: AW Editorial 11th May

A good point XCrunner. The difference between the two was/is depth. In 2004 there was no evidence of emerging talent or strength in depth. In 1976 there was both. Non-medalling finalists were plentiful and young talent (eg Steve Ovett) was coming through. 1976 showed us what was coming in the 1980'...
by XCrunner
Sat May 13, 2006 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: AW Editorial 11th May
Replies: 19
Views: 3464

Re: AW Editorial 11th May

I wonder what Watman would have said in his day had he seen the same fall away in standards and in the management of our sport? Mel Watman asserted after the 1976 Olympics (Athletics Weekly 21 August 1976 p22) In terms of medals won, the 1976 Games were the most disasterous in Britain's Olympic his...
by XCrunner
Sat May 13, 2006 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: AW Editorial 11th May
Replies: 19
Views: 3464

I have to agree with Daisy, the cover of AW is too cluttered and distracts from its purpose. Looking in a newsagent (or the other post by Daisy) confirms that the modern trend is to have a messy front cover. If the purpose is to have a gaudy cover to attract the eye of the buyer, then I believe it f...
by XCrunner
Mon May 01, 2006 8:48 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: The AW Cover is Too cluttered
Replies: 33
Views: 6117

Re: AW Airheads

admin wrote:
Sue wrote:Excruciating.
Athletics Weekly would like to apologise unreservedly to Sue.
Would Athletics Weekly have been better represented if they had invited athletes from local Clubs to help promote the magazine?
by XCrunner
Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:55 pm
 
Forum: Off track
Topic: AW Airheads
Replies: 7
Views: 2912

the clubs being better able to spend money than the governing bodies, I would say that this depends very much upon the club involved. The England Athletics registration scheme will mean that Clubs will be funding the governing body rather than benefiting from any grants. It may only be the richest ...
by XCrunner
Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:56 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Grassroots - success or failure?
Replies: 34
Views: 8474

It is also interesting to note the number of clubs who have so far completed Sport England's Clubmark award, which is an arreditation of good procedure and development of young athletes. Out of the UK's 1400 clubs, only 40 have achieved Clubmark. How many Clubs feel the need to get accreditation? M...
by XCrunner
Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:53 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Grassroots - success or failure?
Replies: 34
Views: 8474

I suggest offering two free places (all expenses paid) on a coaches course for any Club that does not have qualified coaches for junior athletes. Larger Clubs with a full-time coaches should be encouraged to assist other Clubs and athletes in their area with help and advise - but they should be firm...
by XCrunner
Sun Apr 23, 2006 10:02 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Grassroots - success or failure?
Replies: 34
Views: 8474

BAF were 2 million quid in debt with no tangeable income!! That's news to me. Where's the evidence available? are you incapable of doing a simple search & finding out for yourself ? For your information: BAF was not in actual debt and was never declared bankrupt. The figure of £2m is pure specu...
by XCrunner
Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Moorcroft still determined.....
Replies: 42
Views: 5663

I just ignore idiots who don't know how to write.

Many other forums have the ability for members to hide named users.
by XCrunner
Fri Apr 14, 2006 10:48 pm
 
Forum: Off track
Topic: GBAP & Coaches Forum
Replies: 37
Views: 12279

And how much did Fastrack rake in from this deal ? 5 million ? 10 million ? more ?? More..... I believe that the contract between FastTrack and UK:Athletics allows them to take a substantial % of all sponsorship money raised for UK:Athletics. Is there any real business competition within UK:Athleti...
by XCrunner
Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:53 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Should suits travel?
Replies: 10
Views: 1479

Found it surprising there is a Cram listing but neither Coe, nor Ovett are there in the mix (maybe there is some other link to them by name). The database on the web only includes information for active athletes. The full database contains a great deal of historical information but is not availabe ...
by XCrunner
Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:11 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Data Base of British Athletics
Replies: 12
Views: 2435

The people responsible for the database are Umbra Athletics based in Bredbury, Stockport. http://www.umbraathletics.com i.e. Rob Whittingham, Julie Fletcher, Peter Matthews, Geoff Blamire. This database is also used for the British Athletics Annual. The complete database represents a very impressive...
by XCrunner
Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:08 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Data Base of British Athletics
Replies: 12
Views: 2435

Most 'suits' will also be professionals employed by UK: Atheltics. They will be paid a salary to travel with UK or English teams. Of course, the athletes who represent their country will not be paid any salary from the UK or English athletic authorities and they may have to take unpaid holiday. It i...
by XCrunner
Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:00 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Should suits travel?
Replies: 10
Views: 1479
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