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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. Just to exp...
by larkim
Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:29 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 22
Views: 879

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...
by larkim
Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:57 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Steve Cram to advise endurance runners for BA
Replies: 22
Views: 879

Re: Pointless IPC events

If they wanted to they could easily equalise the equipment used, or provide their own chairs to ensure a level playing field. I suspect you are underestimating how personalised the chairs have to be to adapt to the specific limb disorder which each participant arrives with; even more-so with limb p...
by larkim
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:33 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pointless IPC events
Replies: 37
Views: 1311

Re: Should London Marathon Offer Prizes Only To British Athl

coaches_tenevents wrote:An interesting thread from Bicourt on Eightlane, which raises a good debating point! 8)

I switch off when threads start like this...
by larkim
Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:01 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Should London Marathon Offer Prizes Only To British Athletes
Replies: 19
Views: 520

Re: Pointless IPC events

Excellent riposte! I might just change my views on paralympic sport after that post, Ursus
by larkim
Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:40 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pointless IPC events
Replies: 37
Views: 1311

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

Thats fine, but logic dictates we have to reach a standard beyond which is humanly impossible, and the more people like Johnson, Bolt, Zelezny, Bubka, Radcliffe etc set amazing pbs the less chance there is of improvements regardless of time and technology, and I believe we are almost upon this poin...
by larkim
Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:46 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Will Paula's world record EVER be broken?
Replies: 25
Views: 749

Re: The REALLY interesting London Marathon Debut

It's not Mo's fault there are more good men competing at the Marathon than women!! OK, let's re-phrase - does TD's debut show more potential for improvement than Mo's? Given her relative speed over 10k (vs Mo's relative speed), and the relative weakness of the women's marathon elite (they are nowher...
by larkim
Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:52 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: The REALLY interesting London Marathon Debut
Replies: 69
Views: 1515

Re: Pointless IPC events

Ashton - you're right, its just a question of statistics / probabilities. Able bodied athletes have a subset of 7 billion or so other people to compete against, so the spread of talent is wider. Those in the IPC categories have a massively diminished number of people to compete against, so it is sta...
by larkim
Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:31 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Pointless IPC events
Replies: 37
Views: 1311

Re: The REALLY interesting London Marathon Debut

Slightly tongue in cheek post coming up TD / aka BFD - Marathon debut - widely regarded as a "good" race, she finishes 5m10s outside the world record MF / aka Mo - Marathon debut - widely regarded as an "OK" race (but bad day at the office according to him), he finishes 4m58s out...
by larkim
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:37 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: The REALLY interesting London Marathon Debut
Replies: 69
Views: 1515

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!!!!!! It is clear by your comments that...
by larkim
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:31 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Will Paula's world record EVER be broken?
Replies: 25
Views: 749

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

when the 4 minute mile was broken there was very little known about the science and art of coaching athletics That's a nonsensical argument. In 1954 they knew as much about the science and art of coaching athletics as was available in 1954. In 2014 we know as much as about the science and art of co...
by larkim
Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:24 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Will Paula's world record EVER be broken?
Replies: 25
Views: 749

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Of course, history isn't a reliable predictor of the future, but there is a tendency to get PB-itis and focus on the best performances by each of these individuals. The reality is more likely to be that the one or perhaps two of these athletes will peform above or near their best on Sunday - but mo...
by larkim
Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:45 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2426

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

Will Paula's be broken? Of course! If one woman can do it, its beyond unreasonable to expect that no-one else ever will. Will 2 hours be broken? Its a 2.5% improvement on a record which has been coming down by small increments on a regular basis. It's not beyond possibility, and would be akin to a 9...
by larkim
Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:39 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Will Paula's world record EVER be broken?
Replies: 25
Views: 749

Re: Youth Development League Upper Timetable

Who in there right mind concocted a structure where teams have to travel over 300 miles for a competition starting at 10.15 in the morning and finishing at 6 in the evening? The North Wales team has pulled out of the first fixture as it is being held at Pitreavie, Dunfermline which is across the ot...
by larkim
Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:42 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Youth Development League Upper Timetable
Replies: 26
Views: 1752

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

You mean the reigning World and Olympic champion from Uganda, Stephen Kiprotich? Eminently forgettable...

Yes, he's running (PB 2:07:20)
by larkim
Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:56 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2426

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Last year's elite entry list with their PBs at the time of the 2013 VLM:- Patrick Makau (Kenya) 2:03:38 Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:03:42 X -19s Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) 2:04:15 X = Ayele Abshero (Ethiopia) 2:04:23 X = Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia) 2:04:38 X = Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya) 2:04:40 X -48s Feyisa Lil...
by larkim
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:29 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2426

Re: Asafa Powell

Agreed - and not helped by Powells assertion I heard on the news this morning that a) he's planning to appeal and b) that the sentence is unduly harsh. Hardly role model acceptance of a finding of fact, and (given that he will now "only" miss this summer's competition window) acceptance th...
by larkim
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:08 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Asafa Powell
Replies: 12
Views: 537

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Just out of interest, what do we reckon Mo has achieved in the training environment? I'd expec he will have done some marathon plus runs, and I'm guessing he's got a training 2h15 race distance in the bag. I'd be surprised if he hasn't anyway. Fundamentally I agree with your caution, mump, but I don...
by larkim
Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:39 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2426

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

This is what Mo thinks...
"It gives me good confidence. If Bekele can do it, then why can’t I?"


https://twitter.com/AthleticsWeekly/sta ... 0146448385
by larkim
Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2426

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

I don't think we were that confident about Bekele at marathon. I don't think you can be confident about anyone over the marathon distance. Half marahom times mean nothing as proved by Tadese. The only thing that Kenny has over Mo is his known ability to push races to the limit of his ability on mul...
by larkim
Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:09 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2426

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Perhaps the London 2012 mentality will strike his competitors - become so obsessed with taking on just one opponent (Mo), that they forget to run their own "best" race and end up with a lowest common denominator of a "championship style" race. On the other hand, its easy to forge...
by larkim
Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:21 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2426

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

Why are we so confident about Bekele's capabilities, but doubt Mo's? OK, so over 10000m and 5000m 9 and 10 years ago (respectively) Bekele was light years faster than Mo. But Bekele isn't even the fastest Bekele over a half marathon (Azmeraw Bekele holds that honour in 54th all time 59:39), so (beyo...
by larkim
Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:37 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2426

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

trickstat wrote:I think athletes preparing for a marathon often avoid going 'eyeballs out' in their last half marathon before the race.

Unless you're Mo at New York!
by larkim
Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:03 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2426

Re: Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled due to lack of water

I still haven't heard a good reason why the water wasn't delivered a few days earlier. Agreed. Though perhaps its something to do with having a few tonnes of water bottles just sitting by the side of the road in the middle of Sheffield? Not necessarily wrong to have left that until perhaps the afte...
by larkim
Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled due to lack of water
Replies: 13
Views: 598

Re: Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled due to lack of water

Organisers are stuck between the proverbial large stone and a location with a firm surface. The event didn't go to plan, but you can bet that the police, the chip timing company, the t-shirt retailers, the photographers etc will still be charging their fees for the day, and ultimately that's what th...
by larkim
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:34 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled due to lack of water
Replies: 13
Views: 598

Re: British Marathon running needs some serious revival

I think there mate be elements of good being the enemy of great here - get good enough to make a bit of money from it, then get locked into a dependency on that which stops you training / racing in a way that is conducive to stepping up to being great. I agree with this, I've been mulling the same ...
by larkim
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:49 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: British Marathon running needs some serious revival
Replies: 18
Views: 704

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

I don't disagree - Sunday will be the biggest test Mo's ever faced, and I hope that he gets the British respect he deserves from the athletics community if he "only" scrapes a British record or "only" finishes in the top 5. I still don't see any reason why Mo, on a long tempo run...
by larkim
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:36 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2426

Re: Wonder what Mo thinks

I'd say Bekele was only marginally better than Farah in Gateshead, and has progressed to 2:05:03. So I'll go for Farah in 2:05:15 assuming equal conditions in London compared to Bekele. I just hope that at 22 miles there is still a racing pack all together; could be an exceptional race (or a complet...
by larkim
Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:41 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Wonder what Mo thinks
Replies: 78
Views: 2426

Re: Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled due to lack of water

Nothing wrong with that. But if you're planning on dishing out 4000 cups of water over a 20 minute period when 4000 runners come past at 5km you'd have to be pretty well organised to have that ready on the day as a contingency plan in case your bottled water didn't turn up (which you are not expecti...
by larkim
Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:23 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled due to lack of water
Replies: 13
Views: 598

Re: Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled due to lack of water

I hope it's not 'The Nanny State' brigade striking again. Who the hell need water on a cool Spring spring morning, or or did Sheffield experience a heatwave. Surprised the race wasn't cancelled because of bad air quality over London ! I ran my first '20' on a hot July day (72f) and did not ask for ...
by larkim
Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:17 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled due to lack of water
Replies: 13
Views: 598
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