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Re: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

One of the other important traits they possessed is an innate intelligence that enables them to cut through a lot of nonsense and myth - they weren't born good coaches - they made themselves so. Too many of todays coaches seem to swallow every piece of ill-considered and ill-founded nonsense relati...
by Ursus
Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:25 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 21
Views: 813

Re: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA

I have simply repeated what is a universally accepted truth amongst coaches who have worked at a very high level (including myself) - highly talented athletes offer far less of a challenge to a coach than do the less talented . It also follows that they offer far less learning opportunities for a c...
by Ursus
Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:13 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 21
Views: 813

Re: UK Sprint Queens

Compared the the last 30 years in the UK things are looking very bright and we should be thankful for small mercies. Absolutely, but that's as excited as I'm getting right now. Too many false dawns and for all the potential, there's no real achievement at senior international level yet. To put it i...
by Ursus
Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:19 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: UK Sprint Queens
Replies: 38
Views: 1461

Re: Pointless IPC events

A good thread and I agree with most of the general views. Paralympic sport will never be as widespread as able bodied. However it's still fledgling and as time moves on, technology / training will advance and the reach will become more global. In 30 years I suspect much more strength in depth will h...
by Ursus
Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:55 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pointless IPC events
Replies: 37
Views: 1309

Re: Will Paula's world record EVER be broken?

Lets forget the fact that the science of human physiology and biomechanics is becoming as refined as the athletes are then shall we, and that any gain will be absolutely minimal acros the board, other than the freak athlete, or those on special PED treatments!!!!!! Ignoring the drugs stuff, it's pr...
by Ursus
Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Will Paula's world record EVER be broken?
Replies: 25
Views: 746

Re: Outdoor season 2014

73.07 for Alex Smith. More than he managed last year; hopefully he's back on track.
by Ursus
Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:43 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 141
Views: 10727

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Mo publicly said that the GB record was his aim. In private I suspect that was his worst case scenario and he didn't even get really close to that. OK it wasn't a champs and it was his debut but I suspect he'll have seen enough to make him question what he wants to do in the medium term. Also helps ...
by Ursus
Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:55 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2416

Re: Asafa Powell

At the top of the senior discus rankings there's a 20 y.o Jamican with 66.75. Last year he didn't break 60. Instead of going WOW, my instinct is "Really?" Probably totally unfair to that athlete. But that's the damage to his island's credibility that his predecessors in the yellow vest hav...
by Ursus
Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Asafa Powell
Replies: 12
Views: 535

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Bekele's 2.05.02 came off a 1.02.09 half.
by Ursus
Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2416

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Expecting a victory from Mo (no matter how fast he decides to start) is totally disrespectful to some of the fastest, most experienced, best marathon runners of all time. I'm not saying it can't happen but he's just as likely to DNF or come 10th as he is to win. The Kipsang's, Mutai's and Kebede's ...
by Ursus
Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:02 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2416

Re: Zharnel Hughes

It's not a case of crying over the keyboard, although some may take certain posts more personally than others. It's just unneccessary and makes the forum a less pleasant place to be. Same as meeting boorish people in the office or socially - you just want to avoid them. One of my collegues favours t...
by Ursus
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:18 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Zharnel Hughes
Replies: 120
Views: 4032

Re: Pundits

All part of the great heritage of this country that makes me proud to be British. Oops...
by Ursus
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:36 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pundits
Replies: 10
Views: 637

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Pretty bullish stuff. Assume it's underpinned by some impressive training results. 2.07 isn't a world beater, but nor is it a gimme.

I hereby sentence myself to 100 lines of "I CAN read that last sentence without thinking that appearance fees have anything to do with it". I can, I can.
by Ursus
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:32 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2416

Re: Zharnel Hughes

Pride, emotional attachement, call it what you will. I can, and do, appreciate great athletes from all over the world. But having been born in Britain and lived here all my life would I prefer to see a Brit running 9.58 or lobbing a spear 98.48. Yes of course. For those denying the whole tribal piec...
by Ursus
Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:07 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Zharnel Hughes
Replies: 120
Views: 4032

Re: Pundits

treadwater wrote:Or a women's team while I'm at it

http://theboatrace.org/women/
by Ursus
Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:20 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pundits
Replies: 10
Views: 637

Re: Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled due to lack of water

Would be gobsmacked if the plan had been for everything to be delivered very early on a Sunday morning. Suspect there must have been some stuff going on with the supplier in the days leading up to the race. Time will tell. I was entered for a sportive last year which got cancelled the night before (...
by Ursus
Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled due to lack of water
Replies: 13
Views: 594

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Compare Bekele and Mo's best times over 5 & 10. There's a world of difference - pro rate up (scientific I know :D) and you get a couple of minutes slower. City marathons often dissolve into a time trial and I'd back Bekele on that basis over any distance. Slower run champs are a different matter...
by Ursus
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:48 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2416

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

jeremy1 wrote:I reckon 2 hrs 7 minutes and 36 seconds; 5th place

If he doesn't get too carried away early doors, I reckon this sounds good.

But I suspect he will go with the pace and could well suffer in the second half. Agree with Steve that a DNF wouldn't be the greatest shock ever.
by Ursus
Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2416

Re: Zharnel Hughes

Of course athletics is a individual sport but I suspect that pulling on the national vest matters very much indeed for the vast majority of athletes. It sure as hell matters to the fans. Would the Olympic stadium have gone ape if the winner of the men's 10K had been Kenyan, the women's hep Ukranian ...
by Ursus
Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:04 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Zharnel Hughes
Replies: 120
Views: 4032

Re: Outdoor season 2014

justrunfast wrote:Christian Taylor ran a 400 in 45.37

Blimey, that's impressive. Forget the 8, wonder what Rooney's triple is like :D

Taylor has an 8.19 LJ to his credit as well as 17.96 in his main event. Some athlete.

V good from Henry.
by Ursus
Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:25 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 141
Views: 10727

Re: British Marathon running needs some serious revival

Problem is Larkim that the rest of the world has moved on. 2hrs 10 is no great shakes any more, in fact only good enough for 154th in the world in 2013. The nearest equivalent GB 100m men were Deji Tobias at 159th with 10.27 or Greg Cackett at 130th with 10.24, neither of whom are yet pulling up any...
by Ursus
Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: British Marathon running needs some serious revival
Replies: 18
Views: 703

Re: Outdoor season 2014

Unlike a lot of other posters on here , I do NOT see Rooney as an 800 runner at all. He doesn't strike me as having the strength/endurance for two laps. I'm probably totally wrong, and its just my gut feeling. It will be interesting to see how he does. I'm one of those who thinks he might be suited...
by Ursus
Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:46 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 141
Views: 10727

Re: Outdoor season 2014

73.86 spear opener from Joe Dunderdale. He's one (of many) I'd like to see kick on this year.
by Ursus
Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:51 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 141
Views: 10727

Re: British Marathon running needs some serious revival

For example, Eamonn Martin's 2:10:50 win of the 1993 London Marathon would have been worth a big slice of the 400K+ prize money they offered that year. In comparison, his performance at the 2013 event would have brought him a 1K sub-2:11 bonus and 1.5K for the 11th placing. Also, lets not forget th...
by Ursus
Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:25 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: British Marathon running needs some serious revival
Replies: 18
Views: 703

Re: Zharnel Hughes

Anguilla is a part of Britain, much as certain elements on this MB keep trying to deny it. You are at odds with Wikipedia which reckons that British Overseas Territories including Anguilla "are territories under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the United Kingdom. They do not, however, form...
by Ursus
Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:54 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Zharnel Hughes
Replies: 120
Views: 4032

Re: Zharnel Hughes

This is a difficult situation for the young man. Emotionally of course he wants to run for his homeland, but he can't represent them on the biggest stage of all. All but the most mercenary would be torn in that situation. I fully accept his right to wear the British vest under current rules, but he ...
by Ursus
Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:02 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Zharnel Hughes
Replies: 120
Views: 4032

Re: Outdoor season 2014

Just noticed a world leading spear of 83.41 from Maksym Bohdan who only turned 20 at the end of Feb. Why oh why can't we find some prodigies like this?
by Ursus
Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 141
Views: 10727

Re: Aston Eaton hurdles

Ashton Eaton is a phenomenal athlete, but there is no way he is doing 12 strides at 5'10. Kevin Young was 6'4, the majority of that leg, and he occasionally had difficulty sticking to 12. Everything I'm reading says he's 6' 1. But your point still stands, Mystery. Until he steps on a track and post...
by Ursus
Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:56 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Aston Eaton hurdles
Replies: 10
Views: 586

Re: Jessica Ennis-Hill calls for more female coaches in athl

deebear wrote:in Will Carlings day all the England team were public school boys

Suggest doing some research and rethinking that one. Off the top of my head I can think of about 7 of the starting XV from the 91 world cup final who weren't publicly schooled....
by Ursus
Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Jessica Ennis-Hill calls for more female coaches in athletic
Replies: 61
Views: 2528

Re: Outdoor season 2014

How ironic a couple of years ago there was a lot of chat about our brilliant young men's Discus group and it looks as if its not going anywhere much, subsequent to our No 1 guy chasing the cash in the States. Well we've lost 3 65m throwers - Buhari and (presumably) Myerscough retired and Okoye to g...
by Ursus
Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Outdoor season 2014
Replies: 141
Views: 10727
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