My first post, so apologies, in advance, for any indiscretions...
I am really excited about the forthcoming Olympic year and hope you don't think it too soon to think who might represent Team GB ...but with the good news that Steph Twell is back competing, may I begin with, my hope, that we fill each alloted place from 800 m to 10 000 m and prove to be, at the very least with the women, competitive.
So to provoke some thought and discussion on these long, dark nights.
Lynsey Sharpe - qualifying is never going to be predicatable (injuries, illness, form et al). However, I feel Lynsey's rate of progress will see her get one of the automatic places at the trials. Leaving selectors to disappoint someone, but...
Here I have accounted for Jemma failing to make the 800 because she hedges her bets and runs both distances.
I would ask two questions at this point. 1) Is it possible to have a pace maker alloted to the 1500 trial final to make it a true run race? 2) and, I am serious, doesn't a free flowing poney-tail hairstyle interfere with the runner... I am sure having your hair continually flick in your face can not be beneficial; plus aerodynamics
Gets tougher now...
Steph Twell... is she better off focusing on this distance to at least make the Olypmics after her horrific injury... we are weaker at this event, so her chances to gain selection are increased, in my view, and she ran the UK's 4th fastest all time in 2010
Helen Clitheroe - I have great admiration for her and thoroughly deserves the opporutity to run at 2012(carry the flag anyone?). Would it not be better, however, to make the choice to do this event rather than say the 10000m.
The qualifying time of 15:15 has been out of the range for all bar Clitheroe, up to now, in 2011, could anyone else achieve this in 2012 ... I had hoped it was going to be someone like Emily Pidgeon. I have also been very impressed with Gemma Steel (see later) but I really want us to take a third runner, but I dont see who it can be...ideas?
Silly idea: but rather than all this cross country wouldn't it have made sense to have arranged some 5000m track events for, essentially the same pool of women, to try and achieve the Qualifying time now ... My logic here is to avoid, the almost inevitable, last minute dash around Europe trying to get the QT before the deadline - not the best prep' for distance runner
I am very nervous about injuries to the long distance runners. Each time they run a cross country this winter I am anxious. Plus, the qualifying time of 31:45 is not going to be easy, but what do people think?
Can they achieve this?
Will one of the marathon runners (Liz Yelling, Louise Damen) who are unlikely to be selected for that distance make a concerted effort to be selected at 10000m instead?
OK... I hope in the spirit of this being my first post on this forum you will give me your ideas and any other feedback.