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Re: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

I agree that you can't expect a successful elite athlete to instantly become an excellent coach. But surely that isn't what Cram is trying to do here. And also, note that he is not being paid. Surely the 'mentoring' is all about encouraging and motivating athletes, and passing on the experiences gai...
by sidelined
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:13 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 32
Views: 1063

Re: London Marathon 2014

Salazar has said in an interview with a newspaper in Oregon that Mo should stick to the track through to Rio. It's reported here by Simon Hart in the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/10784474/Mo-Farah-needs-to-forget-about-marathons-and-focus-on-what-hes-good-at-the-...
by sidelined
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: London Marathon 2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2438

Re: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

Here's more from Steve Cram from the Scottish Athletics site: 'But the reason why I’m really enthused about (the UK Athletics role) is that Barry Fudge is a good guy, he’s got a lot of good ideas and he’s got a desire to make real difference by bringing more people into the camp rather than just foc...
by sidelined
Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:44 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 32
Views: 1063

Re: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

However this one suggests he is merely a technical advisor to the lottery funded few... http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/media/news/2014-news-page/april-2014/16-04-14-cram-on/ Hank, this quote from the Scottish Athletics site has a different emphasis: ‘My role now is about trying to enhance what ...
by sidelined
Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 32
Views: 1063

Re: UK Sprint Queens

I wonder if Anyika will be concentrating on the 400 this year? She ran 51.38 last year, apparently off no specific 400 training. I think it could be her best event. Dina and Desiree will be concentrating on the World Juniors, which means they won't be in the relay line-up for the Commonwealths. So I...
by sidelined
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:11 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: UK Sprint Queens
Replies: 41
Views: 1753

Re: Outdoor season 2014

I've spotted that James Shane ran a very low-key 1500m at the Southern Athletics League Division 2 North match at Ipswich yesterday. Apart from Mo, things haven't really moved on over 1,500m since James had that breakthrough season in 2011. Would be good to see him back, a real talent Shane is a ca...
by sidelined
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:06 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 142
Views: 11058

Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

Here's an article from the Telegraph in which Steve Cram talks about joining UKA - in a voluntary capacity, for anyone who wants to gripe - to advise middle distance runners: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/10776327/Steve-Cram-aims-to-reinvigorate-mens-running-as-adviser-to-Br...
by sidelined
Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:04 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 32
Views: 1063

Re: Outdoor season 2014

Exceptional start to the season for Duane Solomon winning in 1.43.88 for a WL and Sowinski is already in 1.44 point; must be preparing for the World Relays. Solomon is going to have a long season if he contests the DL, Continental Cup etc. With Rudisha,and Amos returning to action and Aman at his b...
by sidelined
Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:46 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 142
Views: 11058

Re: THE 2014 STATISTICAL REVIEW OF BRITISH ATHLETICS T&f

Smaller organization ? I don't think you have any idea of the popularity and increasing numbers are playing netball England registered athletes (mostly joggers) 128,000 against 75000 registered netball players ...females only ! which in my mind more than out does the total number of female register...
by sidelined
Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:57 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: THE 2014 STATISTICAL REVIEW OF BRITISH ATHLETICS T&f
Replies: 85
Views: 2279

Re: Pointless IPC events

There isn't universal access to pole vault gear or javelins, though. And a racing wheelchair is a snip compared to a dressage horse, or all the stuff that's needed for modern pentathlon. Going back to the swimming comparison, having four different ways of getting to the end of the pool is like award...
by sidelined
Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:33 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pointless IPC events
Replies: 37
Views: 1321

Re: New head of Field and Combined Events

That is what I thought sidelined, but the link provided suggests it is also a development role. Hank, you're right. Teach me to zone out halfway through a UKA press release. As you say higher up this thread, the key thing is who fills Peter Stanley's shoes. I hope this time it will be someone who w...
by sidelined
Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:27 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: New head of Field and Combined Events
Replies: 18
Views: 798

Re: The REALLY interesting London Marathon Debut

coaches_tenevents wrote:An anagram of Ashton is Shat on......


Puerile, pathetic, gratuitous...coaches_tenevents, is this really the best way you can think of to spend your time?
by sidelined
Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:04 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: The REALLY interesting London Marathon Debut
Replies: 69
Views: 1529

Re: Pointless IPC events

Don't arms get lactic acid?

Liam, what's your view of swimming and its over-abundance of events where the same supercharged star like Phelps can win a whole hatful of medals at a single Olympics? Or the three different sprint events in track cycling where the same riders all compete?
by sidelined
Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:44 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pointless IPC events
Replies: 37
Views: 1321

Re: New head of Field and Combined Events

What a rediculous appointment, he should just be in charge of the jumps. Throws and especially muliti events require expert coaches of which in these fields Peter is not. Are you seriously suggesting that UKA should hire high performance coaches on full time salaries to oversee the programmes of th...
by sidelined
Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:30 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: New head of Field and Combined Events
Replies: 18
Views: 798

Re: New head of Field and Combined Events

What a rediculous appointment, he should just be in charge of the jumps. Throws and especially muliti events require expert coaches of which in these fields Peter is not. Are you seriously suggesting that UKA should hire high performance coaches on full time salaries to oversee the programmes of th...
by sidelined
Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:28 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: New head of Field and Combined Events
Replies: 18
Views: 798

New head of Field and Combined Events

Peter Stanley has been appointed as 'Head of Field and Combined Events', which is the third of the Performance Coach appointments by UKA. He'll begin his new job after the Commonwealth Games. This means, of course, that it's musical chairs and UKA will now have to find a new Head of Coaching and Dev...
by sidelined
Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: New head of Field and Combined Events
Replies: 18
Views: 798

Re: London Marathon 2014

Maybe London should dump the whole idea of pacemakers. It could have been a far more interesting race without them. Having the pack in the men's race go out at an ridiculously fast pace which most of them can't sustain is crazy - though Kebede coming through at the end last year was exciting. But I ...
by sidelined
Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: London Marathon 2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2438

Re: Pistorius trial

Sidelined Your definition of a ''crime of passion'' (or ''crime passional'' from its original French source) differs from mine. For a start it can be committed by a man or a woman, and the defence would use such a plea in a similar way to a plea of temporary insanity. Anyway, I don't believe him to...
by sidelined
Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:12 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pistorius trial
Replies: 83
Views: 3582

Re: Pistorius trial

Tragic that he did not save the girls parents the horrors of a trial, by putting his hand up to a crime of passion, I think he might have fared better if he had done! The whole concept of a 'crime of passion' - that a man is less culpable if he kills his wife or girlfriend than if he kills anyone e...
by sidelined
Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:12 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pistorius trial
Replies: 83
Views: 3582

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

GEZAHEGNE ABERA 2:07:56 STEFANO BALDINI 2:07:56 JOSEPH NGOLEPUS 2:07:57 PAUL TERGAT 2:07:59 Here are the results, as you can see Tergat who you would think had the fastest finish only managed 4th 2003. Thanks, Charlie Boy. I remember Abera saying that his tactics were simple: follow the leaders and...
by sidelined
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:26 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2432

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Remind me, which year was it that the men's race was decided in the last 200 with a group of about 5 contesting, including Tergat? Sometimes marathons are decided in a sprint, though on that occasion I think the pace was slower than it's likely to be on Sunday. I see William Hill have got Wilson Kip...
by sidelined
Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:09 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2432

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Ursus, I don't know that 100 lines will be enough. Are you suggesting Mo is being unambitious? What would you like him to say - that he's going to win at his first attempt against a fearsome, experienced field? That would be far too hubristic, and he's a modest fellow. He's just trying to dampen dow...
by sidelined
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:11 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2432

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

In this Telegraph interview Bekele is saying that Mo can win London (but maybe he's just trying to psych Mo out). He also says if he hadn't got cramp in both hamstrings in Paris he could have gone a lot quicker. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/10750404/Long-distance-great-Kene...
by sidelined
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:37 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2432

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Anyone want to predict Chris Thompson's time? He should be able to run at least 2.09, I hope. I don't think Mo's half marathon times or his 10,000 times give a true indication of how fast he could really go. In all of his half marathons he's been racing, not time-trialling. The start in NYC was slow...
by sidelined
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:56 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2432

Re: Outdoor season 2014

Rana Reider has clarified the running order for those two GB women's 4 x 100 relays: GB 4x100m 'A' 43.42 (porter, onoura, lewis, henry), GB 4x100m 'B' 43.59 (Papps, J Williams, H Jones, B Williams)
by sidelined
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 142
Views: 11058

Re: World Junior Championships

I see no benefit for 17 year olds competing at major senior events at the expense of the premier junior versions, especially in an event like the HEP Junior events are there for a reason, to learn for craft, how to cope with situations and withstand pressure in an appropriate setting. Medalling in ...
by sidelined
Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: World Junior Championships
Replies: 120
Views: 5093

Re: World Junior Championships

I believe Dina and Desiree have both done the WJC already as 16 year olds... I also suspect competition at the WJC this year will be higher than at the CG...I am sure they will both be happy to do the one which they are selected to do... Well, SAFP has said she's going to the Commonwealths, and you...
by sidelined
Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: World Junior Championships
Replies: 120
Views: 5093

Re: 2014 Commonwealth Games

Malma, the decision has been made. The IOC claimed that the rules in place at the time didn't permit a disqualification. Indefensible, I think. Here's an interview with Lee McConnell from the Scotsman, in which she says injury problems and a tight timescale have made it impossible for her to get bac...
by sidelined
Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:46 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: 2014 Commonwealth Games
Replies: 97
Views: 11064

Re: 2014 Commonwealth Games

LEE MCCONNELL RETIRES Lee McConnell (coach: Rodger Harkins) has today announced her retirement from athletics. A shame she couldn't go on for just one more year and try to finish her career in Glasgow. It's a great pity that Lee McConnell isn't going to compete in Glasgow. I think I'm right in sayi...
by sidelined
Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:24 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: 2014 Commonwealth Games
Replies: 97
Views: 11064

Re: Zharnel Hughes

I fully accept his right to wear the British vest under current rules, but he shouldn't be parachuted in to it just because he may be good enough. To earn the vest and establish credibility with his peers and fans he should have to demonstrate some commitment to Britian / British athletics, whether...
by sidelined
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Zharnel Hughes
Replies: 121
Views: 4085
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