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Re: Pole Vault Gloves

No problem - glad you found the site useful ;-)
by Pete S
Wed May 07, 2014 11:51 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pole Vault Gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 653

Re: Pole Vault Gloves

Geoff - if you really want to know then I suggest that you visit the forum on the polevaultpower.com website. It speaks volumes that this forum can generate 5 pages of totally ill-informed speculation on Morgan Lake - yet ignore your (albeit slightly esoteric!) request for information. Good Luck in ...
by Pete S
Wed May 07, 2014 11:36 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pole Vault Gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 653

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

None of this is very difficult to fathom or solve. The sport is declining because what it has to offer the young sporting population is generally so poor. Put yourself in the shoes of a kid who is attending an athletics club for the first time: You turn up and what happens? Do you get welcomed and e...
by Pete S
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:14 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: THE 2014 STATISTICAL REVIEW OF BRITISH ATHLETICS T&f
Replies: 103
Views: 5366

Re: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

Morning Hank - I agree with some of what you've said but I'm not sure that former International athletes and athletics clubs are necessarily successful long-term bedfellows. By all means lets ask them to spend an evening telling the youngsters about their life in athletics - this would be inspiratio...
by Pete S
Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:20 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 32
Views: 1425

Re: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

I'm attempting to respond to some different questions from various posters so please forgive me if I miss something out. Larkim - thanks for the clarification. I'll try to explain my earlier post... It is generally accepted that the winner of an English Schools title, especially in m/d, demonstrates...
by Pete S
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:21 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 32
Views: 1425

Re: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

Larkim - thanks for the reply - as you can probably tell I was composing another response to Steve.

I'll shortly have to leave to go coaching(!) but will respond later?

Pete
by Pete S
Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:12 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 32
Views: 1425

Re: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

A well considered post Steve. To try to answer your questions I'll first look at HOW these athletes were produced Let's have a look at the coaches behind them - I did the bulk of my nearly 10 year coaching "apprenticeship" with the man who coached Peter Elliot, the main name missing from y...
by Pete S
Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:07 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 32
Views: 1425

Re: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

"And with that post, you damn all coaches as people who you suggest, at best, can be expected to not harm an athletes innate ability rather than develop it..." Larkim - I am genuinely totally mystified as to how you could infer this from what I wrote - it is totally illogical. I have simpl...
by Pete S
Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 32
Views: 1425

Re: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

Laura has been winning gold medals galore since 2006 - She started working with Steve Cram in 2010. She is arguably the most talented UK middle distance runner of her generation. I've no doubt that she works very hard but you've got to make some monumental coaching misjudgements for such an athlete ...
by Pete S
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:51 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 32
Views: 1425

Re: Are GB Athletes living up to potential ?

I've never met or worked with Mick Woods but the plain truth is that he gets results. ..and why did somebody suddenly decide to have a pop at him and his achievements? That was uncalled for. I would ask all those "coaches" on this forum who have opinions about how coaching should be delive...
by Pete S
Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:40 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Are GB Athletes living up to potential ?
Replies: 114
Views: 11111

Re: Are GB Athletes living up to potential ?

"Can anyone explain why there seem to be so many injuries in a non contact sport?" A good question deebear - I'll have a (slightly) informed guess... A top class middle distance runner would typically be running between 40/50 miles per week (maybe more) whereas a rugby player might only be...
by Pete S
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:36 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Are GB Athletes living up to potential ?
Replies: 114
Views: 11111

Re: New Performance structure: Barry Fudge for Endurance

Trickstat - thanks for the correction - of course it was Stan Long, I was experiencing a senior moment... To be clear, I wasn't writing in criticism of UKA/BA's appointment of anyone - just making the point that mass participation does not equal elite performance. On the subject of ANY governing bod...
by Pete S
Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:21 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: New Performance structure: Barry Fudge for Endurance
Replies: 34
Views: 3314

Re: New Performance structure: Barry Fudge for Endurance

With respect to trickstat & larkim's comments/observations... The many factors lying behind the choice of an individual to pursue a "career" in any sport are complex. I'm not entirely sure that a broad base of participation necessarily leads to any significant increase in number of eli...
by Pete S
Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:59 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: New Performance structure: Barry Fudge for Endurance
Replies: 34
Views: 3314

Re: Coe interviews Salazar and Farah

I can't read the Telegraph piece - the link doesn't work, however... "....his views on Mo's conditioning and Mo's own comments that around 60 miles per week were "physiologically worthless" are pretty damning of his previous coaches.." This is a little disingenuous - Mo's previou...
by Pete S
Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:57 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Coe interviews Salazar and Farah
Replies: 17
Views: 2150

Re: BBC Athletics Presenters

Credit where it's due - I've just seen Colin speak extremely eloquently about the last two womens' 100m heats. It was like listening to a different guy. The three of them seem to have a more considered delivery and rapport this morning than I remember of late. Commentating is a bloody difficult thin...
by Pete S
Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:17 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BBC Athletics Presenters
Replies: 289
Views: 24765

Second - Hand Pole Vault Bed

This is a long shot - is anyone aware of any leisure centre/track etc who may be upgrading their vaulting bed in the near future? I'm trying to source a bed suitable for training and it needn't be fancy or new. I'd appreciate a PM if any poster could help me out?

Thanks ;-)

Pete
by Pete S
Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:15 am
 
Forum: Notices
Topic: Second - Hand Pole Vault Bed
Replies: 0
Views: 708

Re: Coach Education Criticised

..me too Eddiscad..!

:)
by Pete S
Tue May 21, 2013 10:34 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Coach Education Criticised
Replies: 25
Views: 2055

Re: Coach Education Criticised

The executive summary really focusses on the management of the delivery mechanism but there are one or two criticisms of the content if you read it closely. I think we first need to ask ourselves: "What is the purpose of Coach Education?". In my opinion it should have, as its core objectiv...
by Pete S
Tue May 21, 2013 5:30 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Coach Education Criticised
Replies: 25
Views: 2055

Re: Coach Education Criticised

Thank you - although I'm still correcting the english..

(the language not the nation..!)
by Pete S
Sun May 19, 2013 9:23 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Coach Education Criticised
Replies: 25
Views: 2055

Re: Coach Education Criticised

Geoff - you make a good point and it is the behaviour of our volunteer workforce which elicits within me some sympathy for the plight of any person charged with being a coach educator. For improvement in any activity requires, first of all, that an individual genuinely desires to improve upon what t...
by Pete S
Sun May 19, 2013 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Coach Education Criticised
Replies: 25
Views: 2055

Re: Eriksson rumuored to quit?

The nationality of any NGB Head Coach is but a small part of the equation and it would be foolish to focus too much attention on this aspect. In any organisation it is usually quite healthy to bring in people with an external perspective. It's worthwhile remembering that, in the past, many of the UK...
by Pete S
Fri May 17, 2013 11:24 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Eriksson rumuored to quit?
Replies: 54
Views: 4439

Re: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!

I'm glad it wasn't just me!
by Pete S
Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:11 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!
Replies: 58
Views: 5784

Re: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!

Thanks for joining in Helen - He's done a remarkable job and fully deserves to be recognised.

As you say, it's not just the "headline act" of Holly but the others whom he has taken from lowly heights that really mark out the calibre of his work.

Long may it continue.
by Pete S
Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:02 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!
Replies: 58
Views: 5784

Re: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!

I'm sure that we can all echo the sentiments aired by many of the fans who have contributed to this thread, this young lady's achievement is very inspiring. But for curious coaches it should raise a few questions - how is it possible for one coach to propel a kid from 2.00m in 2008 to a World leadin...
by Pete S
Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:14 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!
Replies: 58
Views: 5784

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

With the greatest of respect to many of the posters and in acknowledgement of Hank's last comment, this thread is drifting further and further away from the subject. There is a lot of interaction between the various aspects of our sport, naturally, but given that the subject here is coaching then we...
by Pete S
Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:15 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 48119

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

I think I see what you're getting at Fangio..a couple of names come to mind though; Denise Lewis ?Kelly Sotherton? Wasn't Daniel Caines a Birchfield "product"? Of course the point is that these athletes and others like them, were brought "up to standard" by individual coaches, Da...
by Pete S
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:36 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 48119

Re: UK middle distance (women).

PJS - DJ has dealt with the hair "issue" that you raised - basically these kids aren't moving fast enough for it to be an issue. On the subject of "form" though, what exactly do you mean? Do you mean that she "looked good" while she was running? It's all about the stopw...
by Pete S
Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:27 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: UK middle distance (women).
Replies: 30
Views: 6212

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

Sidelined/Geoff - for the most part athletics clubs (or more accurately the coaches within them) have proven themselves utterly unwilling to learn or operate outside of their comfort zone. You can put on any number of roadshows/coaching workshops/whatever and the minute the show is over, all the les...
by Pete S
Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:56 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 48119

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

I fully agree with the general thrust of this discussion, it's heartening to read some of the posts. Observer - I believe that you have made some excellent points. I would however make the following observations: Clubs have, for decades, proven themselves entirely useless at implementing coaching sc...
by Pete S
Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:13 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 48119

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

I think that the point about paying hitherto voluntary coaches has been well made - I do however see a problem that needs to be addressed... How does paying for coaching improve the quality of that which is done? The likelihood of an awful lot of the coaching that I see ever helping athletes towards...
by Pete S
Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:50 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 48119
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